Download e-book for iPad: What Works for Workers?: Public Policies and Innovative by Ruth Milkman,Stephanie Luce,Jennifer Luff,Joseph A. McCartin

By Ruth Milkman,Stephanie Luce,Jennifer Luff,Joseph A. McCartin

ISBN-10: 0871545713

ISBN-13: 9780871545718

The majority of recent jobs created within the usa this day are low-wage jobs, and a fourth of the hard work strength earns not more than poverty-level wages. Policymakers and electorate alike agree that declining actual wages and limited spending between the sort of huge phase of employees imperil monetary prosperity and dwelling criteria for all americans. even though many regulations to help low-wage employees were proposed, there's little contract around the political spectrum approximately which guidelines truly lessen poverty and lift source of revenue one of the operating terrible. What Works for Workers offers a accomplished research of coverage measures designed to deal with the widening source of revenue hole within the United States.

Featuring contributions from an eminent crew of social scientists, What Works for Workers evaluates the main high-profile techniques for poverty relief, together with cutting edge “living salary” ordinances, teaching programs for African American formative years, and higher rules of work legislation touching on immigrants. The participants delve into an intensive physique of scholarship on low-wage paintings to bare a couple of extraordinary findings. Richard Freeman means that hard work unions, lengthy assumed to be moribund, have a battling probability to reclaim their ancient redistributive function in the event that they flow past conventional collective bargaining and identify new ties with different neighborhood actors. John Schmitt predicts that the cheap Care Act will considerably elevate insurance for low-wage employees, 38 percentage of whom at the moment lack any form of overall healthiness insurance.

Other members discover the shortcomings of well known suggestions: Stephanie Luce indicates that whereas residing salary ordinances not often result in task losses, they've got now not but lined such a lot low-wage staff. And Jennifer Gordon corrects the thought route to legalization by myself will repair the plight of immigrant employees. with out vigorous regulatory enforcement, she argues, legalization could have restricted impression at the exploitation of undocumented staff. Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum finish with an research of California’s paid relatives go away software, a coverage designed to learn the operating bad, who've few assets that let them to take time without work paintings to take care of young ones or in poor health relatives. regardless of preliminary competition, the paid go away software proved extra applicable than anticipated between employers and supplied a much-needed approach of salary alternative for low-income employees. within the wake of its luck, the initiative has emerged as an invaluable blueprint for paid depart courses in different states.

Alleviating the low-wage obstacle would require a entire set of courses instead of piecemeal interventions. With its rigorous research of what works and what doesn’t, What Works for Workers issues the best way towards potent reform. For social scientists, policymakers, and activists grappling with the sensible realities of low-wage paintings, this ebook offers a important consultant for narrowing the distance isolating wealthy and poor.

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