Seattle may have low unemployment, but across the country, those with jobs don't really enjoy their work, according to a new Gallup poll. (There's plenty of knee-slapping laughter and energy here at The Stranger, so this doesn't seem to be an issue here, I'm happy to report.)
Only 30 percent of workers "were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace," which incidentally is the highest figure Gallup's ever recorded in its annual State of the Workforce survey. Not surprisingly, the largest percentages of dissatisfied workers are employed in low-paying service sector jobs, and that's the fastest growing job segment in the nation. But hey, a shitty job you hate is better than no job, right?
That's the argument that cuddly NPR economics reporter Adam Davidson made about sweatshop workers after the Bangladesh factory collapse in the New York Times. And who am I to argue with Adam Davidson.
A quote from Marx on the alienation of the worker would seem appropriate here, but I don't want to step on Mudede's toes. Here's French anarchist Proudhon instead:
The problem before the working classes then is not to conquer but to overcome at the same time power and monopoly, which means creating, out of the people’s guts and labour’s profundity, a greater authority, a more powerful fact, that surrounds and subjugates capital and the state.More on the Gallup survey here.