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STILL WAITING: Musician Sasha McVeigh poses at her home in Springfield, Tenn. McVeigh had been working steadily in Nashville until the city shut down music clubs in mid-March because of the new coronavirus pandemic. Since then, she’s applied for unemployment benefits but so far has not received anything. / AP FILE PHOTO/MARK HUMPHREY

Jobless aid remains out of reach for many

WASHINGTON – Like many Americans cooped up during the virus outbreak, Jeff Kardesch of Austin, Texas, is spending a lot of time on social...

Gig workers are the modern proletariat

Karl Marx defined the proletariat as laborers “unencumbered by any means of production” who were increasingly impoverished by the rise of machines. In that...
PANGEANS: Pangea.app is a startup created to link college students to gigs through an app. From left, Pangeans (users of the app) and Johnson & Wales University sophomores Marc Marasco and Jack Rittereiser with Pangea.app co-founder and CEO Adam Alpert, a Brown University graduate. In the background are JWU sophomores Deanna Tacmo, left, and Sam Farley.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PBN on WJAR-TV, Sept. 17, 2018

Pangea.app offers college students a foothold in the gig economy. But like most startups, it's in a race to prove itself before the money...
PANGEANS: Pangea.app is a startup created to link college students to gigs through an app. From left, Pangeans (users of the app) and Johnson & Wales University sophomores Marc Marasco and Jack Rittereiser with Pangea.app co-founder and CEO Adam Alpert, a Brown University graduate. In the background are JWU sophomores Deanna Tacmo, left, and Sam Farley.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pangea.app offers college students a foothold in the gig economy. But...

As an undergraduate history major at Brown University, Adam Alpert did what many cash-poor college students do: He tried to earn extra money any...

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