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Author Uchitelle, Louis
Title The disposable American : layoffs and their consequences / Louis Uchitelle
Imprint New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
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 人文社會聯圖  HD5708.55.U6 U34 2006    AVAILABLE    30610020219267
Edition 1st ed
Descript xi, 283 p. ; 25 cm
Note "This is a Borzoi Book"--T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-270) and index
Myths that bind -- The Stanley works -- The rise of steady work -- Retraining the mechanics--but for what? -- The shock, part 1 -- The shock, part 2 -- Dismantling job security, 1977-1997 -- A green light from Clinton -- The consequences--undoing sanity -- Solutions
An account of layoffs in America, their questionable necessity, their overuse, and their devastating impact on individuals at all income levels. Economics journalist Uchitelle explains how, in the mid-1970s, the first major layoffs, a limited response to the inroads of foreign competition, spread and multiplied, in time destroying the notion of job security and the dignity of work. The author traces the rise of job security in the United States to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, and then the panicky U-turn. He describes the unraveling through the experiences of both executives and workers, makes clear the ways in which layoffs are counterproductive, and explains how our acquiescence encourages wasteful mergers, outsourcing, the shifting of production abroad, the loss of union protection, and wage stagnation. He argues that government must step in with policies that encourage companies to restrict layoffs and must generate jobs to supplement the present shortfall.--From publisher description
Subject Employees -- Dismissal of -- United States
Displaced workers -- United States
Unemployed -- United States
Downsizing of organizations -- United States
Plant shutdowns -- United States
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