High above Park Avenue attorney Adam Klein tells me he’ll help me sue The Observer. He’s a partner at Outten & Golden, the law firm suing the Hearst Corporation, Fox Searchlight and The Charlie Rose Show on behalf of former unpaid interns just like me.
I began my internship at The Observer in January. This article is one of the fruits of my unpaid labor. See that advertisement? That’s a source of revenue that will never trickle down quite this far.
Mr. Klein believes that in New York, there are hundreds of thousands of us—perhaps a million nationwide—all working for free, deprived of basic worker protections and rights. I barely began describing my job—working 10 to 6, four days a week, writing and researching news stories for the web—before he identified me as yet another powerless and exploited low level employee.
“I would take your case,” he said.
If you search for the term “personal assistant” on Twitter, you usually find one of three things: people complaining about how busy they are and wishing they had an assistant, people complaining about being unemployed and saying they’d love to get a job as a personal assistant, and people tweeting at celebrities, offering to work Read More
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Every week, Cassidy Turley research guru Robert Sammons provides us with a statistical snapshot of an aspect of the New York City commercial real estate market. This week, jobs, jobs, jobs.
Office employment for New York City was up by a revised 24,600 positions for 2010, from the original estimate of 21,500, in figures released Read More
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The budget may be two-and-a-half-months late, and service cuts are everywhere, but at least lawmakers can say there are a few new jobs.
The seasonably adjusted unemployment rate fell to 9.6 percent in New York City, back to May 2009 levels and down from a high of 10.5 percent in January, according to the State Read More
The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its accounting of March payrolls on April 2. The consensus anticipates that payrolls will rise by 190,000 jobs in March. If economists’ projections hold, the job market is poised to report its best result in exactly three years. Since the onset of its contraction in January Read More
In his State of the Union last week, President Obama was unequivocal in pledging to focus on job creation over the next year. To this end, he adjured Congress to produce another economic stimulus-under the moniker of a jobs bill-that will foster an expansion of private hiring.
Although the president was necessarily Read More
Brooklyn! At least more and more… Plus: Manhattan’s share drops and financial services is doomed. Read More