Let me count the ways that shit jobs are shit

Since I arrived in Pittsburgh, I’ve been seeing these patches of purple and white flowers, almost always together, almost always in spots where and at times when I could not stop to photograph them. And of course I was afraid they’d all go away before I had a chance to photograph them. But today, finally:IMG_20190520_124203


Labor market

Here’s yet another way that shit jobs are shit:

Noncompete clauses “severely impact low-wage workers, who are working in those [low-wage] industries because they don’t have alternatives,” said Ronald Gilson, professor of law at Columbia and Stanford universities who has researched the topic. Among such workers, the agreements have “no other purpose than to restrict competition in the market for employees,” he said.[1]

It seems that one way to keep wages low is to stop workers from accepting higher offers from competitors.[2] And people wonder why I’m fed up with this bullshit.

Harriet Torry, “Resistance to Noncompete Agreements Is a Win for Workers,” Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/resistance-to-noncompete-agreements-is-a-win-for-workers-11558195200


Donald Trump

Spencer S. Hsu, “Judge denies Trump bid to quash House subpoena for years of financial records,” Washington Post, May 20, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/us-judge-denies-trump-bid-to-quash-house-subpoena-for-years-of-financial-records/2019/05/20/74e45880-7b21-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html


  1. [1]Harriet Torry, “Resistance to Noncompete Agreements Is a Win for Workers,” Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/resistance-to-noncompete-agreements-is-a-win-for-workers-11558195200
  2. [2]Harriet Torry, “Resistance to Noncompete Agreements Is a Win for Workers,” Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/resistance-to-noncompete-agreements-is-a-win-for-workers-11558195200

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