As a result of pressure from within and without, the Raytheon Company announced the week of July 24 that the corporation is expanding its equal opportunity employment policy to include transgender and transsexual workers
A long article on the perils of contingent jobs in the latest issue of Commonwealth magazine (see link below)— the monthly of MassInc, a local centrist think-tank —might have been a credible effort in the mid-1990's when much about the contingent economy was new to most observers. But after years of research by analysts, including Mass Global Action's predecessor organization, the Campaign on Contingent Work (www.ccwglobal.org), it's pretty weak to spend thousands of words rehashing a problem that's been flogged to death already, and then take only the most tepid stab at proposing any solutions.
In this case, the hero of the narrative is one Sara Horowitz of Working Today (www.workingtoday.org) in New York City.
What's particularly galling about author Michael Jonas' choice of Horowitz is that her main innovation as an erstwhile "labor leader" has been to peddle a health plan for well-paid Big Apple contract workers, play footsie with a variety of corporations to flog "portable benefits" and tax breaks for contingent workers instead of national health insurance, and push the idea of "guilds" over unions as the forward-into-the-past solution for contingent workers' workplace woes.