'Free agent' is new face of workforce

  • Article by: Adam Belz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 9:35 AM

The economy is shifting beneath the feet of workers, pushing a growing share of them into the role of independent contractor or consultant, temporary worker, freelancer and entrepreneur.

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bluedevil101Aug. 31, 1310:12 PM

I appreciate the comments of the St. Paul Central teacher very much. Students and adults need to realize that the economic world is not going to stop shaking. We all need to be our own hedge against unemployment by developing our skills and learning what we need to learn to keep moving ahead. If you think this is all going away, you are wrong. We are not going back to a 1970s economy. Students: It's your job to take school seriously. If not, you may complain later, but no one will be listening.

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boboboboAug. 31, 1310:43 PM

Yeah. In my former employment, with a large company that you see in the news almost daily, they had a great formula for success: keep firing people until the ones that are left drop dead from overload. When that happened to my boss, I decided to leave. I may not have much money, but at least I'm still alive.

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dr4golfSep. 1, 1312:59 AM

Obamacare only accelerates this due to the employer mandates. Happy you voted for him? Why would I employ a fulltime employee with the increased cost of coverage, and knowing they can get coverage on their own through the 'exchange'? Free market baby. Gov't intervention only punishes the poorer amongst us. But I guess we need to learn that through our own experience vs. seeing it in many countries around us.

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lisa1967Sep. 1, 13 4:23 AM

I moved to the Twin Cities 3 years ago. I have not found a permanent job, but I have found contract work.

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lakeelmo99Sep. 1, 13 7:04 AM

My experience has been HR works hard to keep independent contractors from getting inside. You've got to go right to the hiring manager. I've abandoned corporate America as a full timer and while I don't make nearly as much there's no daily commute nor the threat of constantly looming layoffs. The Patient Protection Act aka Obamacare will be a great asset and something I suspect corporations will always lobby against. I expect the PPA&ACA will start a new entrepreneurial wave in America with so many tied to corporations now because of health care.

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exrepublicanSep. 1, 13 7:34 AM

Calling yourself a "Free Agent" may sound nice, but it really just means that you have zero rights as an empolyee and further power and money will now be concentrated in the hands of corporations and the wealthy upper management and shareholders. And to blame Obamacare shows just how asleep at the wheel so many of these Righties are: average U.S. Middle Class wages have been on a downward path since 1980, not coincidentally in lockstep with the decline in U.S. union membership, and those corporation the teapublicans have been trained to love so much are the ones who sent millions of jobs to Asia, not because of unions or American greed, but because they can pay slave-labor wages to make junk to sell Americans at Wal-Mart.

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exrepublicanSep. 1, 13 7:48 AM

dr4golf: All the other Western countries are doing the opposite of what we are doing, and before you start screaming about Greece, try doing a little research that does not involve FoxNews or your rich buddies ranting at the golfcourse. Greece is an economic trainwreck because of the nutty "cut spending to the bone" policies you people want to try here, not because of the spending itself. Germany, with a large unionized labor force and Socialized Medicine, is the economic engine of Europe. They have not given away their manufacturing base, their healthcare is as good as ours, and they have heavily invested in green energy and transportation. The wealthy there are wealthy, not extremely wealthy, and there growth comes from the Middle Class--something we used to understand here.

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avejoeconSep. 1, 13 8:08 AM

exrepublican-------You can blame the GOP all you wnat, but when all you get from the Dems is increased taxes and increased regulations, you force companies to go overseas. And, As for wages going down, that's a lie that the left have been pusing for years. Since 1980, Wages have gone up 50% after inflation for even the lowest paid workers. I just wish that the left would stop with the lies and get on with dealing with the damage that giving freebies away is doing to our country.

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spicebearSep. 1, 13 8:17 AM

@ dr4golf: "Obamacare only accelerates this due to the employer mandates. Happy you voted for him?" Uh, YES. The new healthcare law may make it happen faster, but its gonna happen no matter what. "Obamacare" makes it possible for people who couldn't get affordable insurance to get it... And actually frees us to work for whom and at what we want. No more hanging on to a crappy job just to keep the insurance!!

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dentesterSep. 1, 13 8:42 AM

It's hilarious reading the article, which is totally accurate, reading the comments from people who agree with it, then indicate how clueless they are about what caused it. Obama destroyed this economy and now his friends in the press are trying to tell you that this is the new normal and oh by the way, it's a good thing.

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