The Betrayal of Work: How Low-wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans And Their Families

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The New Press, May 10, 2011 - Social Science - 255 pages
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Following its publication in hardcover, the critically acclaimed Betrayal of Work became one of the most influential policy books about economic life in America; it was discussed in the pages of Newsweek, Business Week, Fortune, the Washington Post, Newsday, and USA Today, as well as in public policy journals and in broadcast interviews, including a one-on-one with Bill Moyers on PBS’s NOW. The American Prospect’s James K. Galbraith’s praise was typical: “Shulman’s slim and graceful book is a model combination of compelling portraiture, common sense, and understated conviction.”

Beth Shulman’s powerfully argued book offers a full program to address the injustice faced by the 30 million Americans who work full time but do not make a living wage. As the influential Harvard Business School newsletter put it, Shulman “specifically outlines how structural changes in the economy may be achieved, thus expanding opportunities for all Americans.” This edition includes a new afterword that intervenes in the post-election debate by arguing that low-wage work is an urgent moral issue of our time.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Three Workers
15
Why Its About More Than Money
25
CHAPTER 3 In the Heart of Our Economy and Our Lives
45
CHAPTER 4 The Demography of a Caste
69
CHAPTER 5 How LowWage Jobs Damage Us All
81
CHAPTER 6 An Apology for Indifference
101
CHAPTER 7 A Question of Power
117
CHAPTER 8 A Compact with Working Americans
149
Notes
185
Index
241
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About the author (2011)

Beth Shulman was a labor consultant and former vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Washington, D.C. She passed away in 2010.

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