Making Work Pay: America after Welfare

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In the five years since Congress acted to "end welfare as we know it," millions of people have been forced out of government assistance programs into low-wage, dead-end jobs with few, if any, benefits. They still await the second half of President Bill Clinton's welfare reform, which was supposed to "make work pay." Joining the important debate over the future of welfare and work, Making Work Pay brings together leading policy analysts and journalists to examine the broad fallout of welfare reform: among them, ...
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Overview

In the five years since Congress acted to "end welfare as we know it," millions of people have been forced out of government assistance programs into low-wage, dead-end jobs with few, if any, benefits. They still await the second half of President Bill Clinton's welfare reform, which was supposed to "make work pay." Joining the important debate over the future of welfare and work, Making Work Pay brings together leading policy analysts and journalists to examine the broad fallout of welfare reform: among them, Michael Massing reports on welfare-to-work programs that actually work; Naomi Barko reveals how the gender gap in wages hits low-income workers hardest; Harold Meyerson describes the growing movement to organize low-wage workers; and Jared Bernstein and Mark Greenberg outline an agenda for the future of welfare reform.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565846951
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Working Principles: From Ending Welfare to Rewarding Work vii
A Clean Sweep: The SEIU's Organizing Drive for Janitors Shows How Unionization Can Raise Wages 1
Ending Poverty as We Know It 21
Holding Out 38
Vermont: The Greening of Welfare 40
The Welfare Shell Game 46
Tough Sanctions, Tough Luck 48
How Welfare Offices Undermine Welfare Reform: The Fine Art of Dissuading People from Collecting Benefits 51
Leave No Child Behind?: The Inconsistent, Inefficient, and Unfair Way We Support--and Fail to Support--Our Kids 68
Child's Play: Why Universal, High-Quality Day Care Should Be Elementary 78
Support for Working Families: What We Can Learn from Europe About Family Policies 90
Martha Jernegon's New Shoes: The Contribution of Local Living-Wage Ordinances 108
Ladders to a Better Life: The Role of Career-Ladder Strategies in Marking Work Pay 122
The Other Gender Gap: Why Women Still Fail to Receive Comparable Wages for Comparable Work 146
Two Cheers for the Earned Income Tax Credit: It's Great, but No Substitute for Decent Wages 154
Welfare That Works: The Case for More Generous Formulas to Reward Paid Work 164
Skills and the Wage Collapse: Better Education and Training Are Only Half the Story 181
Reforming Welfare Reform: What Reform Wrought, and What Must Be Done Now 196
About the Contributors 219
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