Don Pardo has been SNL’s legendary announcer since the show began in 1974, but he died this week at the age of 96.
Last summer David Graeber wrote an essay in Strike! Magazine about the phenomenon of “bullshit jobs”—”the kind of jobs that even those who work them feel do not really need to exist.”
At Salon, Thomas Frank has an interview with Graeber about why “the more your job helps others, the less you get paid.”
In Salon, Alex Halperin reports on the “Memphis model,” a health network partnership between hospitals and congregations in Memphis, Tenn.—one of the poorest metro areas in the U.S. and one of the “least healthy”—that has resulted in treating more people and saving hospitals millions in annual costs. Essentially, getting more people treated through the network has resulted in fewer expensive hospital stays for patients who avoid help until the last minute, and partnering with congregations has created a support network for patients to turn to before and after they receive treatment.
Workers want to unionize and raise their pay from minimum wage to $15 an hour, but it would be more likely that companies would negotiate that figure down—if they’re willing to negotiate at all.