The Cost of Losing a So-Called ‘Dream Job’

My final job check came and dissolved into my slowly evaporating pool of cash on hand, mitigated slightly by regular infusions from the New York State Department of Labor.

Working Weddings: Being A Server At Someone Else’s Special Day

We began the serious work of folding napkins into fans, polishing the silverware, setting the tables, looking for a lighter, discussing who might have a lighter, checking the smoking hut for someone with a lighter, and lighting the candles.

Twitter Is Officially Work Now

A comedian or writer might submit a DMCA request on a tweet because tweeting original material counts as part of their livelihood, even if they aren’t directly getting paid for their Twitter activity.

Fifteen Is The Magic Number

New York is poised to be the most recent success in the ongoing national Fight For $15.

What I’ve Learned As A Fake Patient In A Simulated Hospital

I’m a medical actor, a person who gets paid to inhabit the experiences of imaginary people on the worst days of their lives. The going rate for that is about $20 an hour.

Emotional Reward Doesn’t Pay the Bills

“I just want to help people. I don’t care about the money.” Who needs a fat paycheck when the emotional reward of helping people is all you really want?

Figuring Out How to Help When Your Parents are Helpless

Normally, we don’t talk about work. Our conversations are limited mostly to mutual complaints and pointed inquiries as to whether or not any of my other sisters are in the room to talk on the phone as well. This visit, things were different.

Unlimited Days Off

We all need time to recharge.

Confessions of a Wedding Singer

I now make half my living as a wedding singer, and I got no shame about that. Being a wedding singer is possibly, by far, the best job I’ve ever had.

The Cost Of Getting A Nursing License When You Have A Record

These are all of the steps I had to take to get my RN license from the California Board of Registered Nursing; the whole process took just under three months.

Why We Need Enforced Constraints

This might sound absurd, but in my day-to-day my life I struggle with a driving need to “do” and “accomplish” in every spare moment.

A Low-Rent ‘Little Mermaid’

I had finally relented to the suggestion a friend had made several months ago. The plan was to dress up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and sing her hallmark songs down by the Cathedral, where the tourists passed by all day like lemmings.

Massachusetts Unionized Home Care Workers Get $15 Minimum Wage

The union, United Healthcare Workers East or 1199SEIU, is the first group of home care workers in the country to receive a $15 minimum wage.

The Doggie Daycare Day Job

While earning what I’ve calculated to be $1.67 an hour for my creativity, I also worked at dog daycare, where my roommate, a fellow employee, had secured me an interview. There, I made $10 an hour to mop up pee.

Working 9-5, And Also 5-8 And Sometimes More For The Same Money

The latest domestic front on which the Obama administration is waging a battle? Paid overtime for the American worker.