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Retail workers protest low pay and hours

Jan 17, 2012
Store employees say they must fight for hours and work unpredictable shifts, and still can't make a living, according to a union survey.
In retail, 50 percent off is not the same as being off 50 percent of the time.
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Rise of the gig economy

Dec 30, 2011
As much as a third of American workers ply their trade in freelance and contract positions. The idea of working 9 to 5 for 40 years is going the way of the pension and the gold watch.
More job seekers nowadays must piece together contract and part-time gigs and hope that it leads to a full-time job with benefits.
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