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Author Greenhouse, Steven.

Title The big squeeze : tough times for the American worker / Steven Greenhouse.

Imprint New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  331 G838b 2008    ---  Available
Description xiii, 365 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-346) and index.
Summary A look at the stresses and strains faced by American workers as wages have stagnated, health and pension benefits have grown stingier, and job security has shriveled. Workplace journalist Greenhouse explores why, in the world's most affluent nation, so many corporations are intent on squeezing their workers dry. The book explains how economic, business, political, and social trends--among them globalization, the influx of immigrants, and the Wal-Mart effect--have fueled the squeeze. We see how the post-World War II social contract that helped build the world's largest and most prosperous middle class has been replaced by a startling contradiction: corporate profits, economic growth, and worker productivity have grown strongly while worker pay has languished. Greenhouse also examines companies that are generous to their workers and can serve as models, and presents a series of pragmatic suggestions on what government, business, and labor should do to alleviate the squeeze.--From publisher description.
Contents Worked over and overworked -- Workplace hell -- The vise tightens -- Downright Dickensian -- The rise and fall of the social contract -- Leaner and meaner -- Here today, gone tomorrow -- Wal-Mart, the low-wage colossus -- Taking the high road -- Overstressed and overstretched -- Outsourced and out of luck -- The lowest rung -- The state of the union -- Starting out means a steeper climb -- The not-so-golden years -- Lifting all boats.
Subject Industrial relations -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Working class -- United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Middle class -- United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Industrial policy -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
United States -- Economic policy -- 21st century.
Equality -- United States.
Added Title Tough times for the American worker
ISBN 1400044898
Standard No. IG# 9781400044894
AU@ 000042474369

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