What Is A Good Job Now?

Artwork by Ernesto Yerena.

Presented in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation

“What Is a Good Job Now?” is a series supported by The James Irvine Foundation, focusing on workers in the low-wage sectors of California’s economy, in communities across the state. Public programs and essays, grounded in workers’ experiences and realities, will explore how to make the hardest jobs more rewarding, and make life better for those who do them.

Upcoming Events in this Series

What Is A Good Job Now? A Zócalo and James Irvine Foundation Inquiry – all events | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
Oakland In-Person | Streaming Online

“What Is a Good Job Now?” In Gig Work

The gig economy has been celebrated for providing flexibility and extra income to a wide variety of workers at different stages of their lives while minimizing expenses for employers. But a lot of “side hustles” have awful working conditions: low take-home pay, dangerously long hours, skimpy benefits, constant surveillance, and few clear avenues for complaining about mistreatment. As the rules …

What Is A Good Job Now? A Zócalo and James Irvine Foundation Inquiry – all events | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
Salinas In-Person | Streaming Online

“What Is a Good Job Now?” In Agriculture

Details to be announced soon! Register to receive updates. The advance of technology and the decline of immigration have profoundly changed the nature of agricultural work. But toiling in the fields remains difficult and dangerous, even as it requires more mechanical expertise from workers. And agricultural work remains seasonal, forcing repeated relocations and putting financial and housing pressures on working …