Real World Labor
Edited by Alejandro Reuss and Chris Sturr
- Date of publication:
- June 2016
Chapter 2: Labor Law, Policy, and Regulation
2.1 U.S. Labor Law—Stacked Against Workers
2.2 What a Difference Labor Law Can Make: Comparing the U.S. and Canada
2.3 Unregulated Work
Spotlight: The Minimum Wage
2.4 Is a $15 Minimum Wage Economically Feasible?
2.5 Assessing Those CBO Numbers on the Minimum Wage
2.6The Minimum Wage and Inflation
Chapter 3: The Labor Market, Wages, and Working Conditions
3.1 What Happened to Wages?
3.2 What's Good for Wal-Mart...
3.3 From Kings of the Road to Serfs of the Company
3.4 Detroit and Deindustrialization
Spotlight: Labor Organization and Inequality
3.5 Creating Decent Jobs: The Role of Unions
3.6 Unions and Income Inequality
3.7 The Purloined Trillions
Chapter 4: Ownership and Control
4.1 Pursuing Profits—Or Power?
4.2 What Are Corporations?
4.3 Taming the Corporate Beast
4.4 Private Equity Moguls and the Common Good
4.5 The Meaning of Market Basket
4.6 Scripted Talk
Chapter 5: Unions and Organizing Strategies
5.1 What's Behind Union Decline in the United States?
5.2 We're Not Lovin' It
5.3 Florida Tomato Pickers Demand "Fair Food"
5.4 Battling Business-as-Usual Unionism
Spotlight: Public Sector Workers
5.5 State Workers Face a Compensation Penalty
5.6 Teachers, Secretaries and Social Workers: The New Welfare Moms?
Chapter 6: Employment and Unemployment
6.1 The "Natural Rate" of Unemployment
6.2 The Real Unemployment Rate
6.3 Unemployment: A Jobs Deficit or a Skills Deficit?
6.4 Our Triple Jobs Crisis
6.5 The Job-Killing Robot Myth
6.6. The Human Toll of Greek Austerity
Spotlight: Insecure Labor
6.7 The Gig Economy
6.8 "Just Cause" and Job Insecurity
Chapter 7: Labor Market Segmentation and Discrimination
7.1 It Pays to Be White
7.2 Black-White Income Differences: What's Happened?
7.3 Why We All Need Affirmative Action
7.4 The Wages of Gender
7.5 Comparable Worth
Chapter 8: The Welfare State
8.1 Welfare Reform and the Campaign to Regulate American Workers
8.2 The Big Lie About the "Entitlement State"
8.3 Skew You
8.4 Bernie Sanders' Health-Care Revolution
8.5 Putting the Screws to Generation Screwed
8.6 Hard Work at an Advanced Age
8.7 The Pension-Busters' Playbook
8.8 What's Behind the Big Pension Shift?
Chapter 9: Labor and the Environment
9.1 Jobs vs. the Environment?
9.2 We Need a (Green) Jobs Program
9.3 A Superfund for Workers
9.4 Sustainability Squared
Chapter 10: Labor and the Global Economy
10.1 The Globalization Clock
10.2 Why the Loss of Manufacturing Jobs?
10.3 Outsized Offshore Outsourcing
10.4 International Labor Standards
10.5 The Agony of Mexican Labor Today
10.6 German Wage Suppression
10.7 Missing Women Workers
Chapter 11: Immigration
11.1 Walled Off From Reality
11.2 These Things Can Change
11.3 The Right to Stay Home
11.4 The Rise of Migrant Worker Militancy
11.5 Equal Treatment for Immigrants
Chapter 12: New Directions
12.1 The Future of Work, Leisure, and Consumption
12.2 Where are Today's Mass Movements?
12.3 Campus Struggles Against Sweatshops Continue
12.4 After Horror, Change?
12.5 Chinese Workers Stand Up
12.6 What Would Full Employment Cost?
12.7 The Sharing Economy Needs a Public Option
12.8 Labor's Capital
12.9 Co-op Economics
- Chapter 1: Introduction: Labor and Capital
- 1.1 The Economic Dependency Trap of Capitalism
- 1.2 What is Labor?
- 1.3 The 99%, the 1%, and the Class Struggle
- 1.4 Manicures, Pedicures, and Commodity Fetishism
- 1.5 Household Labor, Caring Labor, Unpaid Labor