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The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans

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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 PBSs NOW. The American Prospects James K. Galbraiths praise was typical: "Shulmans slim and graceful book is a model combination of compelling portraiture, common sense, and understated conviction."

Beth Shulmans 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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Shulman spent several years traveling across the country talking to those living on low wages. In writing "The Betrayal of Work, " she provides the fullest portrait of America's working poor. Following in the footsteps of Barbara Ehrenreich's bestselling "Nickel and Dimed, " this is sure to be one of the most talked about public policy books of the year.

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HOW THE UNITED STATES TURNS ITS BACK ON THE WORKING POOR An astonishing 35 million Americans work full time but do not make a living wage. They are nursing home staff, 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 employees have lower living standards than comparable workers in other industrial nations. Beth Shulman spent several years traveling across the country talking to those living on low wages. In writing The Betrayal of Work, she provides the fullest portrait of America's working poor, 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 insurmountably difficult reforms; that low-wage work is always low-skilled. Following in the footsteps of Barbara Ehrenreich's bestselling Nickel and Dimed, The Betrayal of Work is sure to be one of the most talked about public policy books of the year.

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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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tgrang13, May 16, 2012 (view all comments by tgrang13)
I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is a very easy read, but still provides detailed insight on the working poor in America. This is a book that shatters stereotypes of what so many people think of poor people (i.e. they are lazy, stupid, welfare queens, etc..). The real-life examples that this author gives are heartbreaking. The only negative comment that I would say about this book is that you should read it soon, because it is already a little bit old. But, it does still apply to what is currently going on with working people in poverty.
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ISBN:
9781595580009
Author:
Shulman, Beth
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Income distribution
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
United States--Economic conditions--2001-
Subject:
Income distribution -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
255
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.2 in 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Shulman spent several years traveling across the country talking to those living on low wages. In writing "The Betrayal of Work, " she provides the fullest portrait of America's working poor. Following in the footsteps of Barbara Ehrenreich's bestselling "Nickel and Dimed, " this is sure to be one of the most talked about public policy books of the year.
"Synopsis" by , HOW THE UNITED STATES TURNS ITS BACK ON THE WORKING POOR An astonishing 35 million Americans work full time but do not make a living wage. They are nursing home staff, 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 employees have lower living standards than comparable workers in other industrial nations. Beth Shulman spent several years traveling across the country talking to those living on low wages. In writing The Betrayal of Work, she provides the fullest portrait of America's working poor, 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 insurmountably difficult reforms; that low-wage work is always low-skilled. Following in the footsteps of Barbara Ehrenreich's bestselling Nickel and Dimed, The Betrayal of Work is sure to be one of the most talked about public policy books of the year.
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