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The Resource The betrayal of work : how low-wage jobs fail 30 million Americans and their families, Beth Shulman

The betrayal of work : how low-wage jobs fail 30 million Americans and their families, Beth Shulman

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The betrayal of work : how low-wage jobs fail 30 million Americans and their families
Title
The betrayal of work
Title remainder
how low-wage jobs fail 30 million Americans and their families
Statement of responsibility
Beth Shulman
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: An astonishing 35 million Americans work full time but do not make a living. They are nursing home workers, poultry processors, pharmacy assistants, ambulance drivers, child care workers, data entry keyers, janitors. Indeed, one in four American workers lives in or near poverty. Despite the great wealth of the United States, these low-wage workers have lower living standards than do similar workers in most other industrial nations, and over the last twenty years their wages have declined. For several years, Beth Shulman traveled across the country talking to low-wage workers, and in The Betrayal of Work she tells the moving stories of people like Sara, a single mother of three who earns $6.10 an hour, with no sick pay or vacation pay, after working almost a decade at a nursing home in Alabama. For Sara and others like her, writes Shulman, the basic promise of American society--if you work hard, you and your family can make a decent living--has been broken. Americans do seem to be paying renewed attention to low-wage work--as interest in Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed makes clear--attention that is sure to increase as Congress begins debate over the extension of welfare reform next year. The Betrayal of Work moves the conversation forward, providing the fullest portrait of America's working poor, and dispelling a number of myths along the way: that lower unemployment has meant better living conditions for the poor; that making bad jobs into good jobs requires impossibly difficult measures; that low-wage work is ubiquitously low-skill work. With a far-reaching argument about what we must do to restore fairness to the American economic order, The Betrayal of Work is sure to be one of the most talked-about public policy books of the year
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shulman, Beth
Dewey number
331.2/3
Index
index present
LC call number
HD4975
LC item number
.S46 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wages
  • Income distribution
  • Families
  • Working poor
  • Working poor
  • United States
Label
The betrayal of work : how low-wage jobs fail 30 million Americans and their families, Beth Shulman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Three workers -- Piling on: why it's about more than money -- In the heart ot our economy and our lives - The demography of a caste -- How low- wage jobs damage us all -- An apology for indifference -- A question of power -- A compact with working Americans
Control code
51519759
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xi, 255 pages
Isbn
9781565847330
Lccn
2003043413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The betrayal of work : how low-wage jobs fail 30 million Americans and their families, Beth Shulman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Three workers -- Piling on: why it's about more than money -- In the heart ot our economy and our lives - The demography of a caste -- How low- wage jobs damage us all -- An apology for indifference -- A question of power -- A compact with working Americans
Control code
51519759
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xi, 255 pages
Isbn
9781565847330
Lccn
2003043413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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