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MDTC Monthly Meeting

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Special Guest

Dr. Louis Hyman, writer, economic historian, and Professor in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Author of Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary.


Every working person in the United States asks the same question—How secure is my job? Roughly from 1945 to 1970, business and government leaders embraced a vision of an American workforce rooted in stability. But over the last fifty years, job security has cratered as the postwar institutions that insulated us from volatility–big unions, big corporations, powerful regulators–have been swept aside by a fervent belief in “the market.”

The result is the rise of the gig economy which is based on flexible, temporary, or freelance jobs rather than full-time jobs within a corporation, a factory, a shop or an organization. It reflects the transformation of a work ethic that favored long-term investment in work (and workers) to one promoting short-term returns.

Professor Hyman will connect the dots between the historical precarity of the service economy and the rise of a supposedly new gig economy. He’ll relay the untold history of how deliberate decisions made by consultants and CEOs in the 50s and 60s upended the stability of the workplace and the lives of millions of working men and women in postwar America.

About Our Speaker

Louis Hyman is a historian of work and business at the ILR School of Cornell University. He is the author of two books, Debtor Nation and Borrow and Temp: The Real Story of What Happened to Your Salary, Benefits and Job Security. A former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey associate, Professor Hyman holds a PhD in American history from Harvard University.


March 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm