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The Gloves-off Economy
Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market
Annette Bernhardt (Editor); Heather Boushey (Editor); Laura Dresser (Editor); Chris Tilly (Editor)


Paper, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-913447-97-0
$ 29.95   £22.95

"Across the United States, increasing numbers of employers are breaking, bending, or evading long-established laws and standards designed to protect workers, from the minimum wage to job safety standards to the right to organize. This "gloves-off economy," no longer confined to a marginal set of sweatshops and fly-by-night small businesses, is sending shock waves into every corner of the low-wage labor market. In the process, employers who play by the rules are under growing pressure to follow suit, intensifying the search for low-cost business strategies across a wide range of industries and ratcheting up into ever higher reaches of the labor market. Although other books have touched on pieces of this problem, The Gloves-off Economy is the first to provide a comprehensive, integrated analysis-and quite a disturbing one. This book examines a range of gloves-off practices, the workers who are affected by them, and strategies for enforcing workplace standards. The editors, four respected labor scholars, have brought together economists, sociologists, labor attorneys, union strategists, and other experts to offer varying perspectives on both the problem and the creative solutions currently being explored in a wide range of communities and industries. Annette Bernhardt, Heather Boushey, Laura Dresser, and Chris Tilly and the volume's other authors combine rigorous analysis with a stirring call to renew worker protections in the twenty-first century. Contributors Glenn Adler, AFL-CIO Annette Bernhardt, National Employment Law Project Heather Boushey, Congressional staffer Laura Dresser, University of Wisconsin-Madison Maurice Emsellem, National Employment Law Project Sarah Gammage, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Ana Luz Gonzalez, University of California at Los Angeles Mark H. Greenberg, Center for American Progress Jill Hurst, SEIU Stephen Lerner, SEIU Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Center for Law and Social Policy Stephanie Luce, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Edwin Mel?ndez, Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City Ruth Milkman, University of California at Los Angeles Debbie A. Mukamal, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Paul K. Sonn, National Employment Law Project Amy Sugimori, La Fuente Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago Chris Tilly, University of California at Los Angeles Abel Valenzuela Jr, University of California at Los Angeles David Weil, Boston University Noah D. Zatz, University of California at Los Angeles"

About the Author
Annette Bernhardt is Policy Co-Director of the National Employment Law Project. Heather Boushey is a Congressional staffer. Laura Dresser is Associate Director of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) at the University of Wisconsin Madison. In Fall 2008, Chris Tilly will be Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA.

Subject Areas
Industrial and Labor Relations
Sociology of Work
Business Management & Human Resources