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Full time Struggle, Part time Work: Making a living post recession


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During the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009 millions of people lost their jobs and hustled to survive. Since then, the economy has regained more than 8 million jobs. Still wage growth remains low and many simply can’t find a full time work.

On this edition of Making Contact we’ll hear from a panel of labor experts on the state of labor market especially for part-time and low-wage workers. The Panelists include former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, Ann Boger, Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy for the Freelancers Union; Tsedeye Gebreselassie, Senior Staff Attorney for the National Employment Law Project; and Rick McGahey, the first voice you’ll hear. He’s a Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Environmental Policy and Sustainability for The New School for Public Engagement. The moderator is David Gray, Senior Fellow at New America NYC.


  • Steven Greenhouse, Former labor reporter, The New York Times, Author, Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker
  • Ann Boger, Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy, the Freelancers Union
  • Rick McGahey, Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Environmental Policy and Sustainability, The New School for Public Engagement
  • Tsedeye Gebreselassie, Senior Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project
  • David Gray, Senior Fellow, New America


  • Host: Laura Flynn
  • Music: Jahzzar: Railroad’s Whiskey Co
  • Photo: New America NYC
  • Special thanks: New America NYC for making this piece available

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