Living Wage Movements: Global Perspectives

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Overview

Living wage activism has spanned time and space, reaching across decades and national boundaries. Conditions generating living wage movements early in the twentieth century have resurfaced in the twenty-first century, only on a global scale: 'sweated' labour, macroeconomic instability, and job insecurity.
Upon reviewing the empirical evidence, the book's contributors make strong cases both for and against living wage activism. The effective blend of historical, contemporary, and global perspectives provides opportunities for teachers, scholars, and activists to evaluate how we can address low pay at the organizational and macroeconomic levels.

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'In this volume, Professor Figart has drawn together eighteen scholars for the first comprehensive global analysis of the various living wages movements. These essays bring to life the story of the distributive conditions of labor, through global activism and empirical research. It provides a fascinating detailed view of the ethical, political, economic and social foundations of the standard of living of the working classes in many nations. I highly recommend it for courses on labor economics, public policy and comparative political economy.' - Professor Phillp O'Hara, Global Political Economy Research Unit, Curtin University, Australia
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction to living wages around the globe 1
2 The right to an individual living wage 15
3 Wages and hours: historical and contemporary linkages 27
4 Living wage laws and the case for a targeted wage subsidy 43
5 The determination of living wages 51
6 The living wage movement mushrooms in the United States 69
7 Organizing homeworkers in Toronto's garment industry 85
8 Living wage and low pay campaigns in Britain 101
9 The living wage in Australia: history, recent developments, and current challenges 122
10 The fight for living standards in New Zealand 138
11 The Miami living wage ordinance: primary and secondary effects 157
12 Minimum wages and living wages: raising incomes by mandating wage floors 171
13 The economic impact of living wage ordinances 188
14 Living wages in US communities: an analysis of costs of services and economic development 210
Index 225
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