The Fissured Workplace

The Fissured Workplace

Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It

eBook - 2014
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In the twentieth century, large companies employing many workers formed the bedrock of the U.S. economy. Today, on the list of big business's priorities, sustaining the employer-worker relationship ranks far below building a devoted customer base and delivering value to investors. As David Weil's groundbreaking analysis shows, large corporations have shed their role as direct employers of the people responsible for their products, in favor of outsourcing work to small companies that compete fiercely with one another. The result has been declining wages, eroding benefits, inadequate health and safety protections, and ever-widening income inequality.From the perspectives of CEOs and investors, fissuring--splitting off functions that were once managed internally--has been phenomenally successful. Despite giving up direct control to subcontractors and franchises, these large companies have figured out how to maintain the quality of brand-name products and services, without the cost of maintaining an expensive workforce. But from the perspective of workers, this strategy has meant stagnation in wages and benefits and a lower standard of living. Weil proposes ways to modernize regulatory policies so that employers can meet their obligations to workers while allowing companies to keep the beneficial aspects of this business strategy.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780674726123
Characteristics: 1 online resource (421 pages) : illustrations, tables
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Apr 21, 2014

This guy either doesn't know what the heck he is rambling on about, attempting to give the impression he does, or else he's never figured out the obvious accounting tricks the various organizations [private equity, et cetera] use. Rated useless, unless disinformation is to your liking. He appears to be on the side of the American worker, while pushing corporate and Wall Street propaganda? He's got me confused as to what he's about? [Substitute Eileen Appelbaum's most scholarly and professional book, Private Equity at Work, please.] Richard Trumka, the traitorous pseudo-head of the AFL-CIO, has a blurb extolling this book; since Trumka sold out long ago, I submit this as proof of its inaccurcacies.

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