Low-Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the WorkplaceISBN: 0871540266;
About 34 million Americans?nearly 24 percent of the labor force?earn less than $8.70 an hour, not enough to keep a family of four out of poverty, even working full-time. Most of these workers lack a college degree, limiting their ability to get ahead in today's labor market. Low-Wage America is the most extensive study to date of how the choices employers make in response to economic globalization, industry deregulation, and advances in information technology affect the lives of tens of millions of workers at the bottom of the wage distribution. Based on data from hundreds of establishments in 25 industries?including manufacturing, retail sales, telecommunications, hospitality, and health care?the case studies presented in this volume document how firms' responses to economic restructuring often results in harsh working conditions, reduced benefits, and fewer opportunities for advancement. For instance, increased pressure for profits in newly consolidated...