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The Joseph S. Murphy Student Essay Prize: Blame the Boss, Not the Robot

The Joseph S. Murphy Student Essay Prize: Blame the Boss, Not the Robot 837947 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796019837947New Labor ForumSmith research-article2019 New Labor Forum 2019, Vol. 28(2) 66 –69 The Joseph S. Murphy Student Copyright © 2019, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: Essay Prize: Blame the Boss, sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796019837947 DOI: 10.1177/1095796019837947 Not the Robot journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Zachary Smith Keywords capitalism, collective bargaining, technology, labor organizing, working class Robert Williams died almost forty years ago in complete tasks that humans may not be able to a Ford Motor plant. After climbing into a cast- do”) will lead to a net job loss. Workers in ing storage area, Williams was struck from blue-collar jobs are more pessimistic than those behind by a one-ton casting transfer vehicle. in white-collar jobs. Today, as in the past, tech- Dying on the job is unfortunately nothing new nology in the workplace is often fraught with to workers. But Williams’ death was the first of fear of technological unemployment—the loss its kind—a five-story-tall robot was the respon- of jobs due to technological change. sible party. Like the plot of a science-fiction A PBS segment titled “Are we on the brink story, a robot killed a human. In a civil suit, a of a jobless future?” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

The Joseph S. Murphy Student Essay Prize: Blame the Boss, Not the Robot

New Labor Forum , Volume 28 (2): 4 – May 1, 2019

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837947 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796019837947New Labor ForumSmith research-article2019 New Labor Forum 2019, Vol. 28(2) 66 –69 The Joseph S. Murphy Student Copyright © 2019, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: Essay Prize: Blame the Boss, sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796019837947 DOI: 10.1177/1095796019837947 Not the Robot journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Zachary Smith Keywords capitalism, collective bargaining, technology, labor organizing, working class Robert Williams died almost forty years ago in complete tasks that humans may not be able to a Ford Motor plant. After climbing into a cast- do”) will lead to a net job loss. Workers in ing storage area, Williams was struck from blue-collar jobs are more pessimistic than those behind by a one-ton casting transfer vehicle. in white-collar jobs. Today, as in the past, tech- Dying on the job is unfortunately nothing new nology in the workplace is often fraught with to workers. But Williams’ death was the first of fear of technological unemployment—the loss its kind—a five-story-tall robot was the respon- of jobs due to technological change. sible party. Like the plot of a science-fiction A PBS segment titled “Are we on the brink story, a robot killed a human. In a civil suit, a of a jobless future?”

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Published: May 1, 2019

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