Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Work-Life on NPR

Npr NPR is running a series this week on work-life balance.  Today's reports focus on flexible work schedules and low-wage workers.  Joan Williams, Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at U.C.-Hastings, is featured prominently.


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Rick, I thought it was a good series overall, and I'm glad that NPR devoted a segment to lower wage workers and shift work. However, I was disappointed in the focus on management discretion in fostering family-friendly work policies, to the exclusion of the actual and potentially greater role of unions in negotiating better working arrangements.

The segment opens with the story of a worker who was fired after refusing to work overtime so she could register her kids at school. It goes on to mention that after a year of fighting her employer, she was reinstated, with the support of her union. Somehow that thread was lost in the rest of the piece.

Posted by: David Yamada | Mar 17, 2010 6:08:39 AM

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Posted by: Joyce Fredo | Mar 17, 2010 4:44:34 PM

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