The Shanker Institute is hosting a conference on “The Challenge of Precarious Labor” next Monday, December 5 at the Washington Court Hotel. Over the last four decades, precarious labor — unstable, contingent or part-time work that is poorly compensated and performed under difficult, exploitative conditions — has become increasingly central to the economies of the United States and other leading global powers. Entire sectors of the economy have been transformed by the growth and increasing dominance of these work arrangements. “Today, precarious labor poses an immense challenge to the economic well-being of working people across the globe,” says the Institute. Info and registration here. Co-sponsors include the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.