Low-Wage Work

Buffalo

–Magavern, Sam. Poverty-Level Work in Western New York. Partnership for the Public Good (2008).

–Magavern, Sam et al. Missing the Target: How Economic Development Programs Have Failed to Revive Buffalo’s Most Challenged Neighborhoods Partnership for the Public Good (2009).

–Mix, Wende. Characteristics of Workers in Buffalo

–Regional Institute. Playing an Insecure Hand: Low-Wage Workers in the New Economy (2010)

–Slenker, John. Erie County Labor Trends (2010)

New York State

–Bernhardt, Annette, et al. When Work Doesn’t Pay: the Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in New York State. National Employment Law Project (2008).

–Fiscal Policy Institute, 2007. Working for a Better Life: a Profile of Immigrants in the New York State Economy.

–Fiscal Policy Institute, 2007.  Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors

–Fiscal Policy Institute, 2008. The Health Care and Social Costs of the Uninsured in New York State.

–Fiscal Policy Institute, 2008. Working Families and Economic Security in New York: How Effectively Do Work Supports Bridge the Gaps?

–Fiscal Policy Institute, 2008. Low Wages, No Bargain: Retail Jobs in New York City.

National

–Reviews of Books Regarding Low Wage Work

Poverty in America: A Handbook

Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System

The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market

Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement

Making It Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life, and Child Development

What Government Can Do: Dealing with Poverty and Inequality

Half A Job: Bad and Good Part-Time Jobs in a Changing Labor Market

The Working Poor: Invisible in America

Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America

No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City

Chutes and Ladders: Navigating the Low-Wage Labor Market

Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work

Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage

Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor

When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

Books on Low Wage Work

–Andersson, Fredrick, Harry J. Holzer, and Julia I. Lane, 2005. Moving Up or Moving on: Who Advances in the Low-Wage Labor Market? New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

–Applebaum, Eileen, Annette Berhnardt, and Ricahrd J. Murnane, 2003. Low Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

–Bernrhardt, Annette, Heather Boushey, Laura Dresser, and Chris Tilly, 2008. The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market. Champaign: Labor And Employment Relations Association.

–Blank, Rebecca M., Sheldon H. Danziger, and Robert F. Schoeni, 2006. Working and Poor: How Economic and Policy Changes are Affecting Low-Wage Workers. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

–Edin, Kathryn. Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work

–Edin, Kathryn and Maria Kefalas, 2005. Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage. Berkeley: University of California Press.

–Ehrenreich, Barbara, 2001. Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

–Fantasia, Rick and Kim Voss, 2004. Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press.

–Hacker, Jacob S., 2006. The Great Risk Shift: the New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

–Holzer, Harry J., 1996. What Employers Want: Job Prospects for Less-Educated Workers. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

–Iceland, John, 2006. Poverty in America: A Handbook (Second Edition). Berkeley: University of California Press.

–Massey, Douglas S., 2007. Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

–Mishel, Lawrence, Jared Bernstein, and Heidi Shierholz, 2009. The State of Working America, 2008/2009. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

–Munger, Frank, 2002. Laboring Below the Line: the New Ethnography of Poverty, Low-Wage Work, and Survival in the Global Economy. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

–Newman, Katherine S., 2006. Chutes and Ladders: Navigating the Low-Wage Labor Market. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

–Newman, Katherine S., 1999. No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City. New York: Vintage Books.

–Page, Benjamin I. and Jarmes R. Simmons, 2000. What Government Can Do: Dealing with Poverty and Inequality. Chicago: University of Chicago.

–Pollin, Robert, Mark Brenner, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and Stephanie Luce, 2008. A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

–Repa, Barbara Kate, 2007. Your Rights in the Workplace (8th Edition). Berkeley: Nolo Press.

–Rogers, Jackie Krasas, 2008. Temps: the Many Faces of the Changing Workplace. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

–Sacks, Karen, 1988. Caring by the Hour: Women, Work, and Organizing at Duke Medical Center. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

–Sassen, Saskia, 1998. Globalization and Its Discontents: Essays on the New Mobility of People and Money. New York: The New Press.

–Shipler, David, 2004. The Working Poor: Invisible in America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

–Sklar, Holly, Laryssa Mykyta, and Susan Wefald, 2001. Raise the Floor: Wages and Policies that Work for All of Us. Cambridge: South End Press.

–Sullivan, Mercer, 1989. “Getting Paid”: Youth Crime and Work in the Inner City. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

–Tilly, Chris, 1996. Half A Job: Bad and Good Part-Time Jobs in a Changing Labor Market. Philadephia: Temple University Press.

–Venakatesh, Sudhir Alladi, 2006. Off the Books: the Underground Economy of the Urban Poor. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

–Waltman, Jerold L., 2004. The Case for the Living Wage. New York: Algora Publishing.
–Wilson, William Julius, 2009. More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City. New York: W.W. Norton.

–Wilson, William Julius, 1987. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

–Wilson, William Julius, 1996. When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor. New York: Vintage Books.

–Young, Alford A., Jr., 2004. The Minds of Marginalized Black Men: Making Sense of Mobility, Opportunity, and Future Life Chances. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Articles and Reports

–Bernhardt, Annette, et al. Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Cities. National Employment Law Project (2009).

–Bernhardt, Annette, et al. Confronting the Gloves-Off Economy: America’s Broken Labor Standards and How to Fix Them. National Employment Law Project (2009).

–Boushey, Heather, Shawn Fremstad, Rachel Gragg, and Margy Waller, 2007. Understanding Low-Wage Work in the United States. Center for Economic Policy and Research and The Mobility Agenda.

–Coven, Martha. “Introduction to Unemployment Insurance.” Center on Budget and Priorities (11/10/03).

–Dodson, Lisa, et al. Keeping Jobs and Raising Families in Low-Income America: It Just Doesn’t Work. Radcliffe Public Policy Center (2002).

–Kneebone, Elizabeth and Alan Berube, 2008. Reversal of Fortune: a New Look at Concentrated Poverty in the 2000s. Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program.

–Lung, Shirley. Overwork and Overtime. 39 Ind. L. Rev. 51 (2005-2006).

–National Partnership for Women and Families. Guide to the Family & Medical Leave Act. (2002).

–Pereira, Joseph, Peter Frase, and John Mollenkopf, 2008. “The Future of Low Wage Work in Metropolitan America.” Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

–Ratner, Lizzie. “The New Domestic Order.” The Nation (9/28/09).

–Smith, Peggie R. Aging and Caring in the Home: Regulating Paid Domesticity in the Home in the Twenty-First Century. 92 Iowa L. Rev. 1835

–Smith, Rebecca, et al. Iced Out: How Immigration Enforcement Has Interfered with Workers’ Rights. National Employment Law Project (2009).

–Sonn, Paul K. and Gebresealassi, Tsedeye. The Road to Responsible Contracting: Lessons from States and Cities for Ensuring that Federal Contracting Delivers Good Jobs and Quality Services.

–United States Department of Labor. “A Profile of the Working Poor, 2007.” (March 2009).

UB Law Student Work

Fact Sheets on Low Wage Occupations

Childcare Workers

Dishwashers

Emergency Medical Technicians

Farm Workers

Food Service Workers (Restaurant)

Food Service Workers (Public Schools)

Home Health Aides

Janitors

Landscapers and Ground Keepers

Receptionists

Retail Sales

Sanitation Workers

School Bus Monitors

Security Guards

Teacher Aides