Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth that We Can't Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone

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Stanford University Press, 2010 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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News stories on the impact of job loss appear daily in the media. Less reported is that working conditions in many countries around the world have deteriorated as rapidly as jobs have been lost—and this affects ten times as many people. Working conditions significantly impact our health, the amount of time we can spend with family, our options during momentous life events (such as the birth of a child or the death of a parent), and whether we keep or lose a job when the unexpected occurs. Inexplicably, the global community has nearly universally accepted the argument that any country that guarantees a floor of decent working conditions will suffer higher unemployment and will be less competitive.

Raising the Global Floor shatters this widely held view by presenting the first ever, global analysis of the relationship between labor conditions, national competitiveness, and unemployment rates in 190 countries. The authors' findings are dramatic. They show that there is no relationship between unemployment rates and providing basic protections in a series of critical areas. Strikingly, data also indicate that good working conditions can make countries more competitive. There are no long-term economic gains to be had if workers are denied paid sick leave, paid annual leave, paid parental leave, the right to a day of rest, and many other basic protections that would improve the quality of their lives.
  

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Good follow up to her previous book: Forgotten Families. The website's worth a visit: www.raisingtheglobalfloor.org Read full review

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Contents

The Struggle Below the Surface Declining Working Conditions
1
The Argument that Humane Working Conditions Lead to Higher Unemployment
23
The Contention that Countries Cant Compete if They Protect Working Adults
46
The Myth that Labor Laws Do not Make a Difference
70
Achieving Global Consensus
89
Addressing Where the World Lags Behind
121
Moving from Evidence to Action Raising the Floor of Working Conditions and Equity
147
Appendix
163
Acknowledgments
171
Notes
177
Index
227
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About the author (2010)

Jody Heymann is Founding Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. An internationally renowned researcher on public policy and equity, Heymann has authored more than 150 publications, including ten books. Her work has been featured widely--on CNN, Good Morning America, Fox News, and NPR, among other leading national and international media. Alison Earle is a Principal Research Scientist at Northeastern University. The Co-director of the Project on Global Working Families, she has led award-winning research on paid sick leave.

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