The Labor Center conducts research on fissured workplaces, firm-to-firm outsourcing, and subcontracting. We analyze trends in different industries, consequences for workers, and strategies to protect and empower workers.

Research & Publications
Miranda Dietz

Temporary Workers in California are Twice as Likely as Non-Temps to Live in Poverty: Problems with Temporary and Subcontracted Work in California

The nature of employment is changing. Employees are increasingly seen as liabilities rather than assets, and so workers are kept at arm’s length from the companies they ultimately serve. Middle-class long-term jobs are shifting to precarious, low-wage work. These contingent relationships include temporary and subcontracted workers, whose ranks have been growing over the past two decades.