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Posted: 02 May 2021 02:42 PM PDT

Due to the pandemic, Mistress Santana will often set up phone calls or online meetings with their clients through OF's private messages to maintain safety. As Mistress Santana gets ready for the day, they post themselves doing their makeup on a private Snapchat that viewers pay to have access to. They also do an online erotic show where clients pay an admission fee to gain access — Mistress Santana receives money in the form of tips during the show. They also offer packages on OnlyFans where personal videos or private interactions can be purchased.

Brie A. is a college junior studying business who also does online sex work, predominantly on OF. Brie began her OF career a little after quarantine started, but said she was selling content privately before that, now in her third year of doing this line of work.

She shoots videos and other content wearing a range of outfits from lingerie to cosplay — costume-play where people dress up as characters from popular TV, comics, and cartoons. Cosplay is a major focus in her career as it helps in regards to competition among other creators. A lot of the friends she has met through cosplay conventions subscribe to and promote her work.

Brie's OF journey started 11 months ago. Her family is unaware that she has an OF page. She works in a coffee kiosk at a grocery store but uses OF as another source of income. She said, "it's harmless fun, and who doesn't like a confidence boost." It has helped her grow more confident in her mind and body.

These are just two students out of thousands who are part of this younger sex worker demographic. They still face much of the same treatment from the media and society as previous generations of sex workers. "Sex workers are objectified and dehumanized. Many people get into sex work because they have to—media often does not tell the back story," said Brewer.

OF places power into the hands of the creators instead of other entities like adult entertainment companies. Digital sex work has a growing number of advocates who fight to change how sex workers are treated by the government and communities. Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) is one of the many groups that provide resources at the local level while lobbying for change at a national level. Ultimately the short-term infusion of cash provided through OF is extra income for those in need during these times of uncertainty.

Walmart makes more workers full-time in effort to retain employees - CNBC

Posted: 14 Apr 2021 12:00 AM PDT

Exterior view of a Walmart store on August 23, 2020 in North Bergen, New Jersey. Walmart saw its profits jump in latest quarter as e-commerce sales surged during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Walmart is moving more of its workers full time, with the goal of having two-thirds of its U.S. store hourly jobs be full time with more consistent work schedules by early next year.

That's up from 53% five years ago but still below the average of 71% for the retail and wholesale industry as a whole.

With this move, announced Wednesday, the nation's largest private employer says it will have 740,000 of its 1.2 million U.S. Walmart hourly store workers work full time by January 31. That would mean it will have roughly 110,00 more full-time workers than it did five years ago. Walmart employs roughly 1.5 million workers in the U.S. including those at Sam's Club, distribution centers and in corporate and managerial jobs.

Drew Holler, Walmart's senior vice president of U.S. people operations, told The Associated Press Wednesday that workers are demanding full-time jobs, which have better health and dental benefits. Holler also noted that full-time work offers the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer a competitive edge as it's able to retain and attract better employees in a fiercely competitive environment. The moves also come as the exploding pickup and delivery businesses are calling for more full-time jobs as Walmart's stores operate both as fulfillment centers and retail spaces.

"We know offering more full-time opportunities along with skills training and equipping associates with tools to make work easier will help us continue to attract and retain top talent," Holler wrote in a corporate blog.

Walmart's increasing focus on full-time jobs also comes as it's creating a team-based structure in its stores where groups of eight to 12 workers work together in an area of a store like toys or clothing and get cross-trained.

Walmart considers any employee working 34 hours or more full time, although anyone working 30 hours a week or more is eligible for health coverage. With team scheduling, Walmart workers will have consistent 39 to 40-hour schedules, the retailer said.

But Walmart's strategy also is occurring as the discounter continues to get criticized by labor-backed groups for lagging behind key retailers like Target, Amazon and Costco in its minimum hourly wages across the board. Costco just raised its minimum hourly wage to $16, while the starting pay at Target and Amazon is $15 per hour. Walmart last raised its entry-level wages for U.S. hourly employees to $11 in early 2018, though it's been raising starting wages for certain jobs. Holler says Walmart is focusing more on creating clear pathways with better training so workers can move up the ladder.

The approach toward full-time staffing also comes as online behemoth Amazon faced the biggest union push in its history. Walmart Inc. declined to comment on whether its efforts were a way to head off any similar efforts that might arise at the retailer.

Holler said that the full-time staffing approach that has been successful in Walmart's distribution centers and fulfillment centers, where more than 80% of its workers are full-timers.

Mark Mathews, vice president of research development and industry analysis at the National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, say that a decade ago there was a move among retailers toward part-time workers. In fact, 31% of retail and wholesale workers, excluding warehouse workers, were part time in 2010, according to his analysis of government figures.

But in recent years, that number has been declining as the popularity of online shopping has lessened the need to staff workers at odd hours. In 2017, the percentage of part-time workers dropped to 27%, but then rose to 29% last year because of the pandemic.


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