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When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Levelby Michael (edt) Reich
Synopses & Reviews
"As this important work shows, a decent society requires standards of minimal decency—and they can be designed in a way that improves rather than distorts markets. Mandatory reading for anyone interested in smart mandates."—Robert B. Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley.
"At a time when powerful special interests have pushed to roll back workers' rights in statehouses across the country, this book provides another vision for how to build a strong economy—by establishing standards for fair and decent treatment of all workers and enforcing them. It turns out that the high road pays off with greater prosperity and opportunity for all. Whether you're sitting on a city council or negotiating an international trade agreement, this book serves as a policymaker's primer for spurring broad and sustainable economic growth and fostering social justice."—Congressman George Miller
With tight government budgets at all levels of government, mandates are likely to become increasingly common. When Mandates Work provides a comprehensive, impartial evaluation of a range of San Franciscos groundbreaking mandates, with surprisingly supportive results.”—Alan B. Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
"When Mandates Work makes a unique and important contribution and adds a sorely needed perspective to current debates over public policy going on in other states and nationally. The work provides strong empirical evidence that intelligent regulation can improve the functioning of markets as well as improve the lives and living standards of workers—and can do it without reducing employment."—Eileen Appelbaum, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research and former Professor at Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations
The experience of one of this nations great cities shows us that through smart employment standards—such as higher wages, paid sick days, and health care spending requirements—we can improve the quality of life for low-wage workers while protecting jobs and fostering economic prosperity. This is essential reading for anyone interested in economic fairness and public policy.”—Senator Tom Harkin
"When Mandates Work makes important scholarly contributions toward our understanding of mandates for minimum wage and living wage, health care, domestic-partner benefits, and sick leave. The high quality and breadth of the coverage in this book should make it a standard reference for the next one to two decades."—Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), UMASS-Amherst
"When Mandates Work makes important scholarly contributions toward our understanding of the impact of minimum wage/living wage mandates, health care mandates, domestic-partner benefits and sick-leave mandates. The high-quality and breadth of the coverage in this book should make it a standard reference for the next 1-2 decades."—Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Starting in the 1990s, San Francisco launched a series of bold but relatively unknown public policy experiments to improve wages and benefits for thousands of local workers. Since then, scholars have documented the effects of those policies on compensation, productivity, job creation, and health coverage. Opponents predicted a range of negative impacts, but the evidence tells a decidedly different tale. This book brings together that evidence for the first time, reviews it as a whole, and considers its lessons for local, state, and federal policymakers.
About the Author
Michael Reich is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley. His current research focuses on dynamic models of low-wage labor markets and on the economics of living wages and minimum wages. Among his recent co-edited titles are Labor in the Era of Globalization (Cambridge U.P., 2009) and Contemporary Capitalism and Its Crises: Social Structure of Accumulation Theory for the 21st Century (Cambridge U.P., 2010).
Ken Jacobs is Chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley. His areas of specialization include health care coverage, the California budget, low-wage work, the retail industry, and public policy. He provided consultation to the City and County of San Francisco on the development of the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance and was a member of the Mayor's Universal Health Care Council.
Miranda Dietz is a researcher at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education working on employment and health care issues in California. She has written on temporary and subcontracted work in California as well as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley and Bachelors Degree in Government from Harvard.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Abbreviations and Glossary
1. When Do Mandates Work?
Ken Jacobs and Michael Reich
Part I The Pay Mandates
2. Labor Market Impacts of San Franciscos Minimum Wage
Arindrajit Dube, Suresh Naidu, and Michael Reich
3. Liftoff: Raising Wages at San Francisco Airport
Peter Hall, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Reich
4. Living Wage and Home Care Workers
Part II The Benefit Mandates
5. Health Spending Requirements in San Francisco
Carrie Colla, William Dow, and Arindrajit Dube
6. Requiring Equal Benefits for Domestic Partners
Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
7. Universal Paid Sick Leave
Part III Making the Mandates Work
8. Enforcement of Labor Standards
Miranda Dietz, Donna Levitt, and Ellen Love
9. Labor Policy and Local Economic Development
Miriam J. Wells
10. Community Benefit Agreements and Economic Development at Hunters Point Shipyard
Miranda Dietz, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Reich
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