Raise the Floor

Raise the Floor

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qRaise a cheer for Sklar, Mykyta and Wefald! Raise the Floor sets out the arguments for a higher minimum wage and other policy changes so clearly and persuasively that only the most cold-hearted could ignore them. This is a commanding work and powerful tool for the living wage movement that is gaining ground everywhere.q*BR*a€”Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed*BR**BR*qSome books tell the story of the working poor. Some give the numbers. Others stress policy solutions. This book does it all, with passion and precision. It's a tremendously valuable resource.q*BR*a€”Jared Bernstein, Economic Policy Institute*BR**BR*Most Americans believe a job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it. Raise The Floor: Wages and Policies That Work for All of Us show us how we can translate that belief into reality by raising the minimum wage. Authors Holly Sklar, Laryssa Mykyta and Susan Wefald deftly blend the latest data and real-life stories to show what it takes to make ends meet in today's America. *BR**BR*In addition to telling workers' stories, presenting original data, and proposing comprehensive policies, Raise The Floor spotlights businesses, large and small, that demonstrate how good wages are good business - in good economic times and bad.A small number of managerial and administrative jobs sit at the top of the structure; progressively wider layers of professional, technical, and supervisory jobs lie below but near the top; and large numbers of production and maintenance jobs comprise the base. ... industries a€” primarily agriculture, private household services, retail trade, personal services, social services (including child care, for example)anbsp;...

Title:Raise the Floor
Author: Holly Sklar, Laryssa Mykyta, Susan Wefald
Publisher:South End Press - 2001

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