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America’s labor pool is not contracting. But it is definitely contracting more than ever . What does that mean for the future of work from WaMu and NPR in Washington . This is one .
Hey there and Joshua Johnson today on one , a new ways to work. Maybe you thought of striking out on your own , especially if your boss makes you crazy technology makes it easier to do and the growth potential is untold the risks , however , are also great and critics say having more freelancers and contractors makes it even easier for companies to hire on the cheap . How is are changing workforce doing business these days and how can we get all workers the protections they deserve share what you know about freelancing and contracting email one at WAMU.org or tweet us at one .
My from NPR News. In Washington , I’m Korva Coleman Amazon Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan of announced their jointly setting up a company looking for technical solutions to cut health care costs . NPR’s Yuki ne Gucci explains the aim is to benefit hundreds of thousands of their employees .
The 3 high-profile CEOs of the companies. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett and JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon say they form this unusual partnership because they recognize that health care in its current form is too expensive and too complex this newly created from will not be driven by profits instead its mandate is to devise new technological solutions that might deliver improved health care the executives say the first goal is to use those innovations to serve their own employees , if proven successful . However , they say the new solutions might also help other Americans . You can she NPR News , Washington .
president Trump delivers his first State of the Union speech tonight. The White House has indicated trample highlight economic gains for the US along with ideas about infrastructure and immigration . The Federal Reserve’s policy-making Federal Open Market Committee starts 2 days of meetings today , Steve back to reports at this meeting . The Fed is likely to put off more short-term interest rate increases .
The Fed just raised rates last month , so the committee with Janet Yellen cheering for the last time will likely be in no rush to move again. But as officials reassess the outlook . They may become concerned faster growth and tighter job markets or boost inflation making new chairman Jerome Powell prone to seek a rate hike soon .
Steve Bucknor reporting the Taliban issued a statement accusing president Trump of being responsible for more bloodshed in Afghanistan this week , Trump told UN ambassadors. He did not want to talk to the Taliban NPR’s Dia had reports from Islamabad .
The Taliban spokesman said Trump‘s comments showed that Washington wasn’t interested in making peace and only wanted to continue their years or occupation. He vowed that Taliban Mujahideen would continue fighting . The statement came after Trump‘s comments to UN Security Council ambassadors on Monday Trump said that there was , quote , no talking to the Taliban and the angry Taliban statement suggested more bloodshed in store for ordinary Afghans . Most recently , more than 100 people were killed after the Taliban detonated an ambulance laden with explosives on a crowded Kabul street do you had aid NPR News Islamabad .
The Trump administration has released a list of Russian politicians and businesspeople who have prospered under president Vladimir Putin. It’s part of a congressional demand that Russia be punished for interfering in US elections . But the drug administration says it won’t punish anyone for now under new sanctions related to the election interference on Wall Street the Dow Jones industrial average is down 257 points at 26,185 you’re listening to NPR news from Washington .
In Kenya , opposition leader Raila Odinga has completed a huge rally and taken a symbolic oath of office as Kenyan president he is sent crowds of supporters home from the Nairobi gathering earlier Kenyan police fired some tear gas a Odinga claims he won the presidential vote , even though he lost the first election last summer. He boycotted a second vote . After the first election was overturned Chile’s president has signed decrees creating a huge new network of national parks and Philip Reeves reports a big chunk of land was gifted by US conservation organization .
The area involved is 3 times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park’s combined 9 million acres of the newly protected parkland comes from Chile’s government a million acres was donated by US conservation organization led by Kristine Tompkins Tompkins and her husband Doug acquired vast tracts of wilderness in southern Chile. Over a quarter of a century after making a fortune in the international clothing industry Doug Tompkins , died in a kayaking accident in 2015 their land donations , billed as the largest ever by a private entity to a nation it’ll help create a string of national parks stretching 1500mi down the spine of Chile Philip Reeves , NPR News .
Dozens of child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to shut down its new ad for children younger than 13 in an open letter they say younger children are not ready to handle social media accounts or protect their privacy online. The letter was organized by the group Campaign for a commercial free childhood I’m Korva Coleman , NPR News in Washington .
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This is one way I’m Joshua Johnson in Washington the American workforce is very likely heading for a new normal currently one in 5 American workers are employed under contract. One in 5 . Some economists predict that in just the next 10 years contract and freelance employees will outnumber traditional full time nurse what’s being done today to prepare for a future of mostly freelancers joining us here in studio is NPR senior business editor Ori Berliner he worked on the new series called The Rise of the contract workers , which you can find on NPR.org or he will come to one Joshua joining us from NPR in New York is Caitlin pierce the executive director of the freelancers union at a nonprofit that offers advocacy and health insurance to more than 350,000 members , Caitlin welcome hi dash I think for having me 3 Berliner . Let me start with you . What is it about the world of contract work today that put this series on NPR’s radar anything in particular .
Well mostly the growth of this work force. We did a very wide-ranging poll with Marist about workers and their experience at work in the nature of their work , some of it was quite optimistic and positive and some of it was very more unsettling . I would say that the one thing that that’s popped up is this growth of this contract workforce one out of 5 workers as you said is now a contract worker and that is a trend that is continuing to grow and we really wanted to dig into what that’s like to be a contract worker , why it’s happening and what kinds of people are doing these contract jobs , anything in particular from the Marist poll stand out a surprise you . Well , I mean there is from our own reporting plus the Marist poll just a wide range of contract jobs that people around you know you might think that it’s just a certain type of job like maybe construction workers usually would often been contract workers who are white collar workers but we found this really wide range everything from lawyers to people and IT and software we talk to him . Merchant Marine deck officer who’s a contract worker an emergency room physician a sign painter justice broad swath of America is now in these kinds of jobs and and emerged through physician .