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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-09-01
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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The bookNewsweek's Anna Quindlen said "should be required reading for every presidential candidate and member of Congress." Following its publication in hardcover, the critically acclaimedThe Betrayal of Workbecame one of the most influential policy books about economic life in America; it was discussed in the pages ofNewsweek, Business Week, Fortune, the Washington Post, Newsday, andUSA Today, as well as in public policy journals and in broadcast interviews, including a one-on-one with Bill Moyers on PBS'sNow.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 influentialHarvard Business Schoolnewsletter 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.

Author Biography

Beth Shulman is former vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Three Workersp. 15
Piling On: Why It's About More Than Moneyp. 25
In the Heart of Our Economy and Our Livesp. 45
The Demography of a Castep. 69
How Low-Wage Jobs Damage Us Allp. 81
An Apology for Indifferencep. 101
A Question of Powerp. 117
A Compact with Working Americansp. 149
Notesp. 185
Indexp. 241
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