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Raise the Floor

Wages and Policies that Work for All of Us

Holly Sklar and Laryssa Mykyta; Marie C. Wilson (Afterword)

Pages: 250
ISBN: 0-89608-683-6
Format: paper only
Release Date: 2002-01-01

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Description of Raise the Floor.

A project of the Ms. Foundation for Women

Most Americans believe a job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it. Raise The Floor: Wages and Policies That Work for All of Us show us how we can translate that belief into reality by raising the minimum wage. Authors Holly Sklar, Laryssa Mykyta, and Susan Wefald deftly blend the latest data and real-life stories to show what it takes to make ends meet in today’s America. At present, a couple with two children has to work a combined 3.3 full-time minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. That’s 132 hours a week!

In addition to telling workers’ stories, presenting original data, and proposing comprehensive policies, Raise The Floor spotlights businesses, large and small, that demonstrate how good wages are good business—in good economic times and bad.

Other topics that are related to Women's Studies are:

  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
  • Table of Contents

    Overview
    1
    It Just Doesn't Add Up
    2
    A National Minimum Needs Budget
    3
    Shortchanging The Minimum Wage
    4
    Good Wages Are Good Business
    5
    $8 Minimum—Make It A Living
    6
    Policies That Make Ends Meet
    7
    Turning Point
    Afterword
    Appendix A
    Background Tables
    Appendix B
    Minimum Needs Budget Methodology
    Appendix C
    Regional Variations in Minimum Needs Budgets: New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Des Moines, IA; Kansas City, MO; and Gadsden, AL
    Appendix D
    Summary of Successful Living Wage Campaigns
    Appendix E
    Methodology for Computing Minimum Wage Increase

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