Friday, September 15, 2006

Good News for Belabored Professionals

Labor Day came and went, but not without some good news for belabored Americans. Bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed, Bait and Switch) has launched United Professionals (UP), a new advocacy organization dedicated to assisting working professionals.

With the support of a grant from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), Ehrenreich and friends aim to develop a national voice for the professional employees whose job security, benefits, access to health insurance, and possibilities for a secure retirement have steadily eroded over the past two decades.

In Self-Help, Inc I argued that anxious American workers turn to self-help culture to quell their economic insecurity. Here's an opportunity to turn to political advocacy and organizing instead.