Archinect - News 2015-04-19T21:00:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123205881/sydney-architecture-intern-underpaid-almost-7000 Sydney architecture intern underpaid almost $7000 Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:27:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs0fub44k31o7ydg.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A student was underpaid almost $7000 during an internship with a Sydney firm of architects, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found. The student was completing a masters degree in architecture when he was paid $12 per hour for six months of full-time work. His duties included architectural drawing, consulting with clients and and conducting site visits...the student, aged in his 20s,... was short-changed $6830.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to Australian labor laws, the student was performing work that was not part of his architectural education and should have received minimum wage payment. Australia's minimum wage is $16.88 (in comparison, the US minimum wage is currently $7.25/hr) and after the student's graduation his payment should have risen to&nbsp;$21.19 an hour.</p><p>This news is the latest in a gathering storm surrounding the abuse of intern labor in architecture and other fields. For example, former interns at the publisher Cond&eacute; Nast recently won a <a href="http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239800" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit </a>against the firm, collecting a total of&nbsp;$5.8 million for unpaid labor (divided among 7,500 people).&nbsp;</p><p>The issue is part of a larger, systematic problem that inhibits young people at the nascence of their careers. In conjunction with the massive loans need to get educated, un- and underpaid internships are an impossible burden to shoulder for many aspiring architects, yet are often presented as a normal and necessary aspect of getting into the profession. For...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96045569/greece-protests-over-government-plans-to-sell-off-historic-national-buildings Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings Alexander Walter 2014-03-19T20:55:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05cfa60528d175db55986250851881f4.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime properties around the Acropolis, and other landmark buildings, in its privatisation programme. Furious opponents marched through the city centre at the weekend to denounce the "illegal sale" of the country's heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/49311540/in-detroit-half-the-street-lights-could-go-dark In Detroit, half the street lights could go dark Archinect 2012-05-25T14:02:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T11:29:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54e2f24864e36791f49222ec8af9c61f.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city is deep in debt; it's got a state-appointed board managing its finances, so it's gotta cut services it can't afford. Services that it can't afford in part because it's a city built for two million people that's now home to just over 713,000. So street lights could be a luxury Detroit can't completely afford.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/46162984/obama-only-8-years-out-of-student-loan-debt-dontdoublemyrate Obama only 8 years out of student loan debt #dontdoublemyrate Paul Petrunia 2012-04-24T20:07:00-04:00 >2012-04-25T10:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h5/h5o1mm53tk9ooh98.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about. And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans&mdash;check this out, all right, I&rsquo;m the President of the United States&mdash;we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23DontDoubleMyRate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#dontdoublemyrate</a></p>