1) This is a very interesting article about another kind of emotional labor, right here in NYC, with interesting connections to the idea of status and social class. What do you think?
2) In this NY Times article that we looked at in class, the author writes, "The famous labor struggles of American history call to mind collapsing mineshafts and machine gunners posted on factory roofs, not mandatory telephone sign-offs recited in attractive, air-conditioned offices." But many of us might not have any image in mind of "the famous labor struggles of American history." Think about your history classes and/or do a little quick internet research: what are some famous examples of strikes or other labor struggles from U.S. history? Examples from other countries? What, if anything, did you learn about this in high school?
3) Remember your syllabus? At the top I say something about the squatting toad. Another fun little internet research project: what do you think I was talking about? What do you make of it?
4) What important work-related issues haven't we talked about enough, that I should include the next time I teach this class?