The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

The 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

Overview

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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