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UUs across the land will gather to participate in a national conference call with New York Times Labor and Workplace Reporter Steven Greenhouse to discuss his book "The Big Squeeze."
We'll gather at the UUCA at 3:30 for the call, and follow that with a potluck supper, and discussion.
Here is a short excerpt from the book: (Chapter One is available online free at Steven Greenhouse).
One of the least examined but most important trends taking place in the
United States today is the broad decline in the status and treatment of American
workers—white-collar and blue-collar workers, middle-class and low-end
workers—that began nearly three decades ago, gradually gathered momentum,
and hit with full force soon after the turn of this century.
A profound shift has left a broad swath of the American workforce on a lower plane than in
decades past, with health coverage, pension benefits, job security, workloads,
stress levels, and often wages growing worse for millions of workers.
That the American worker faces this squeeze in the early years of this century
is particularly troubling because the squeeze has occurred while the
economy, corporate profits, and worker productivity have all been growing
robustly. In recent years, a disconcerting disconnect has emerged, with corporate
profits soaring while workers’ wages stagnated.
The statistical evidence for this squeeze is as compelling as it is disturbing...
The hosts of this event, Lavona Grow, Sarah Anderson, and Sharon Sundial, would very much appreciate advance registration for this free event. Please sign up online at:https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dFA0V3pL...