“There is no escape. You can’t be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. Don’t try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen. You are not a Greek. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you!”—Hermann Hesse (via suzywire)
TORONTO — Young Canadians eager to launch their careers say they’re under mounting pressure to take unpaid internships that promise valuable experience and a foot in the door but rarely lead to permanent work.
Unpaid internships are replacing entry-level jobs, experts say, propelled in part by a recession that has forced companies to tighten their belts and graduates to fight for any advantage in the job market.
But some of these positions are illegal, says Andrew Langille, an employment lawyer in Toronto who has researched labour standards and case law related to internships.
“I would say upwards of 95 per cent of unpaid internships (in Ontario) are probably illegal,” because interns are doing work typically performed by paid employees, he says.
Honestly, how hard is it to offer minimum wage? And if it’s so illegal, where is the enforcement? I will spend all my time googling unpaid internships and tipping off the labour standards people if they will actually go after these shitty companies. Yes, apparently I do have that much time on my hands.
But really, this has to stop. I for one don’t want labour standards to devolve to some kind of early 20th century pre-union-movement standard of outright desperate exploitation, but things do seem to be moving in that direction…
AGREED AGREED AGREED. Unpaid internships help NOBODY, especially not low-income students and workers who can’t really afford to work 10-20 hours a week FOR FREE. And what infuriates me the most is that even after providing a few months of free labor for these companies, there is STILL no guarantee of work for interns and no real efforts to help them find it. I don’t care if it’s a corporation or a non-profit, this has to be absolutely unethical.
You may or may not remember me, but I was one of your students about 15 years ago at Carmel Del Mar Elementary. You were teaching my third grade class, and I was the little Vietnamese kid who always wore those short jean overalls. If you can recall, that was the year my dad passed away and I happened to be in your class. I vividly remember you being very kind and caring to me while I was going through the loss. It was you and Principal Swenerton who gave me such comfort during that chaotic time. From the weeks prior to my father’s passing with Mr. Swenerton always asking me how I was doing and how my dad was doing walking into school, to the day of when I came back to school and you gave me biggest hug. It’s been many years since, and I’ve grown up tremendously, and somehow this week, I remembered all the teachers that have impacted me over the years and you were the first on this shortlist. I’ve since moved away from San Diego and ventured off to college, but now I currently work and school in New York. I only remembered your last name, so I google searched and found you here on facebook. I wanted to reconnect and let you see one of your students from the years past, and most importantly, show my gratitude. While it was such a brief time, it had an immense impact on me. Thank you.
“It was my earliest suggestion of what my brother would become, and what I’d later see among the cast-offs of New York—the whores, the hustlers, the hopeless—all of those who were hanging on to him like he was some bright hallelujah in the shitbox of what the world really was.”—Let The Great World Spin, Coloum McCann (via nancyizazn)