The author's extensive experience and acumen is particularly showcased in the core chapters that address the relative absence of creative lawyering in much labor litigation. Temp agencies went to great lengths to convince affirm? Because employers don't directly pay for workers' compensation and health insurance, they need not worry about increases in insurance premiums caused by workers' injuries. When the workload drops, you drop her. Finally, the book is ideal for showing the explanatory power of content analyses. It can be made by providing a superior service, or a so-so but cheap service. The temp industry itself played an active role in this decline-and not just for temps. Low-wage, temporary jobs have become so widespread that they threaten to become the norm.
The workers themselves were expendable. Some efforts have been made, but most - unionizing temp workers, setting limits as to whom can be called a temp worker, attempts at raising wages - have failed or, at best, had conditional success. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, a Columbia and a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist for the World Bank. If we want good jobs rather than just any jobs, we need to figure out how to preserve what is useful and innovative about temporary employment while jettisoning the anti-worker ideology that has come to accompany it. That year, militant strikes by truckers in Minneapolis, auto parts workers in Toledo, and longshoremen in San Francisco spurred broad labor solidarity in these cities, transforming the strikes into massive working-class social upheavals. Temp agencies initially marketed themselves as offering part-time, secretarial work to women who only wanted part-time employment.
The book also describes recent glimmers of opposition, and Hatton concludes with thoughtful prescriptions for reversing the degradation of work. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011, 232 pp. Temp jobs fit that bill: only the product of labor had value, while workers themselves were expendable. But the largely unchallenged success of the temp industry could not last forever. The goal of someone in business is to make money, and as much as he or she can.
Discussions on how to reverse the assault on. Hatton outlines how she feels that temping agencies promoted the i 21. I am an associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. T his book should be required reading not only for students and scholars of American labor but also for those who teach and learn in business schools, where these seeds of cultural change need to be sown. And this all before coffee and without breakfast which I could not afford at the time. After reviewing tens of thousands of pages of advertisements, business publications, government testimony, newspaper, and magazine articles, Hatton paints a detailed, lively, and convincing account of the ways the temporary industry deployed gender ideology in the service of early industry expansion. Hatton concludes the book by offering four policy proposals to update the asset model of work and to return to treating employees as valuable assets—as important to a company as the bottom line is.
Also, temp workers themselves began to push back: in one court case, Vizcaino v. Take a second to think about who works in your office. Instead, American employers have generally taken the low road: lowering wages and cutting benefits, converting permanent employees into part-time and contingent workers, busting unions and subcontracting and outsourcing jobs. Through compelling use of advertising by the leading firms, including Kelly Girl Services and Manpower, Inc. But they did not stop with Kelly Girls. Not only did the Kelly Girls become cultural icons, but the temp agencies grew and grew.
In The Temp Economy, Erin Hatton takes one of the best-known icons of the new economy—the temp industry—and finds that it is more than just a symbol of this degradation of work. Becoming lean and mean had never been easier, and thousands of companies began to go the temping route, especially during the deep economic recessions of the 1970s. Government officials, labor unions, and the public in general saw private employers as underhanded and abusive to their workers. The Transformation of Work 4. Other measures aimed at decreasing the power of the temp industry in the nineties were less successful. Hatton's multidisciplinary approach fills a void. While greater numbers of employers in the postwar era offered family-supporting wages and health insurance, the rapidly expanding temp agencies established a different precedent by explicitly refusing to do so.
A useful reference for those interested in this topic. Responsibility: Erin Hatton ; foreword by Nelson Lichtenstein. Furthermore, it engenders concern and reflection in all who view work as activity that not only puts bread on the table but offers opportunities for workers to obtain meaning, fulfillment, and respect. Now, the question remains- does a business owner want innovation, loyalty and happiness from his or her employees? None of the paperwork, either! If we want good jobs rather than just any jobs, we need to figure out how to preserve what is useful and innovative about temporary employment while jettisoning the anti-worker ideology that has come to accompany it. Layoffs, outsourcing, contingent work, disappearing career ladders, these are the new workplace realities for an increasing number of people.
Anyone interested in the plight of American workers and modern employment practices should enjoy this book. Not on your time anyway! Perhaps I'm too cynical, but I've read a bit about the tenements and poor labor conditions that existed throughout most of this nation's history. Layoffs, outsourcing, contingent work, disappearing career ladders-these are the new workplace realities for an increasing number of people. My research is centered in the sociology of work, while also extending into the fields of race and gender, social inequality, culture, labor, law, and social policy. While greater numbers of employers in the postwar era offered family-supporting wages and health insurance, the rapidly expanding temp agencies established a different precedent by explicitly refusing to do so.