Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

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by Steven Greenhouse
     
 

ISBN-10: 1400044898

ISBN-13: 9781400044894

Pub. Date: 04/15/2008

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Why, in the world's most affluent nation, are so many corporations squeezing their employees dry? In this fresh, carefully researched book, New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse explores the economic, political, and social trends that are transforming America's workplaces, including the decline of the social contract that created the world's largest middle class…  See more details below

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Why, in the world's most affluent nation, are so many corporations squeezing their employees dry? In this fresh, carefully researched book, New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse explores the economic, political, and social trends that are transforming America's workplaces, including the decline of the social contract that created the world's largest middle class and guaranteed job security and good pensions. We meet all kinds of workers-white-collar and blue-collar, high-tech and low-tech, middle-class and low-income-as we see shocking examples of injustice, including employees who are locked in during a hurricane of fired after suffering debilitating, on-the-job injuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400044894
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Series:
Borzoi Bks.
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Anchor Books Edition xi

Introduction xv

Chapter One Worked Over and Overworked 3

Chapter Two Workplace Hell 15

Chapter Three The Vise Tightens 35

Chapter Four Downright Dickensian 49

Chapter Five The Rise and Fall of the Social Contract 71

Chapter Six Leaner and Meaner 98

Chapter Seven Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 117

Chapter Eight Wal-Mart, the Low-Wage Colossus 135

Chapter Nine Taking the High Road 158

Chapter Ten Overstressed and Overstretched 184

Chapter Eleven Outsourced and Out of Luck 199

Chapter Twelve The Lowest Rung 221

Chapter Thirteen The State of the Unions 241

Chapter Fourteen Starting Out Means a Steeper Climb 263

Chapter Fifteen The Not-So-Golden Years 276

Chapter Sixteen Lifting All Boats 289

Acknowledgments 305

Notes 307

Index 347

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The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
A perfect storm is battering the American worker. Blue-collar and white-collar jobs are moving overseas while America's economy lags and its immigrant population expands. Given the quality of this report, getAbstract surmises that few individuals are more suited to address this precarious situation than Steven Greenhouse, who has covered workplace issues for The New York Times since 1995. Writing with clarity and simplicity, Greenhouse illustrates the plight of the American worker with first-hand accounts of mistreatment and misfortune. He offers some solutions at the end of the book, but he finds only a few patches of optimism in the bleak landscape he portrays so capably.
Patrick58 More than 1 year ago
This book paints a picture of how Wall Street has driven the philosophy that shareholders are king, workers are secondary and profits must be increased by squeezing them as hard as possible. Then, Greenhouse gives real-life vignettes to illustrate the points he makes. The book is scary, but if more Americans knew what is happening in a factual way, supported by both anecdote and statistic, then they would push back. My rhetorical question after reading this excellent book is this: Since there can be no profits without workers, why is it bad for workers to earn good money and have decent benefits? Why is it bad for workers to have a better share of the profits?
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