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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for minimum wage research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
The Minimum Wage by
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
This unbiased look at the minimum wage debate in America traces the history of minimum wage policy at both the federal and state levels, discusses the controversies swirling around the issue, and examines the veracity of claims made by people on both sides of the debate. Presents data not typically found in many of the standard works. Reviews the impact of previous increases in the minimum wage at both the federal and state levels. Surveys the impact of compensation laws around the world. Pays attention to impact of minimum wage policy on the middle class as well as the poor and working class.
What Does the Minimum Wage Do? by
Publication Date: 2014-06-01
This book looks at which observable, measurable variables (e.g., wages, employment, school enrollment) the minimum wage influences; how long it takes for the variables to respond to the minimum wage and the size and desirability of the effect; why the minimum wage has the results it does (and not others); and the workers most likely to be affected by changes to the minimum wage. The emphasis is on studies that analyze data from the United States, but also touch on studies of data from other countries.
Boosting Paychecks: The Politics of Supporting America's Working Poor by
Publication Date: 2009-12-28
In Boosting Paychecks, Daniel Gitterman focuses on two sets of policy instruments that have been used to aid the working poor since the early twentieth century: the federal tax code and the minimum wage. The income tax code can be fine-tuned in many ways--through exemptions, deductions, credits, changing tax brackets and rates--to alter the amount of income workers are left with at the end of the day. In addition, it interacts with the minimum wage to determine the economic well-being of many low income households.
Beyond $15: immigrant workers, faith activists, and the revival of the labor movement by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation (HD8085.S413 R67 2017 )
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
The inside story of the first successful $15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac Airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. Digging deep into the root causes of poverty wages, Rosenblum gives a blunt assessment of the daunting problems facing unions today. Beyond $15 provides an inspirational blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement and is a call for workers to reclaim their power in the new economy.
The Right to a Living Wage by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland and Winter Haven Circulation -- HD4918 .R54 2018
Publication Date: 2017-07-15
With the disappearance of well-paying jobs and the increasing cost of living, it's becoming more and more difficult to stay afloat in the United States. Workers who earn the minimum wage often can't afford the most basic needs. In response, more than 100 U.S. cities have issued living wage ordinances, requiring payments that allow workers to afford food, clothing, shelter, utilities, and healthcare. It may seem obvious that everyone wins with a living wage, but does paying out a living wage help or harm the economy? Should corporations be forced to pay them? What is society's responsibility to its workers?
Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation -- HD4918 .E375 2011
Publication Date: 2011-08-02
Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything -- from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal -- in quite the same way again.
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