Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lowballing by salaried workers could undermine parental leave for others


Take note today of the Letters to the Editors on the April 10 article in the New York Times (posting here) on digital sweatshops, most of all the letter by Vogel, links.
 
The letter writer essentially describes the practice of lowballing by salaried workers, especially those with fewer family obligations, making themselves effectively cheaper to keep if there is a downturn. It’s hard to imagine how “paid parental leave” can coexist with this practice.  I remember the use of the term “lowballing” all the way back to the early 1970s when I worked on benchmarks for Univac.

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