Labor Problems in America

Labor Problems in America

Labor Problems in America

Labor Problems in America

Excerpt

During the past decade so many changes have occurred in the American scene which affect labor that a new statement of our labor problem appears justifiable. As these problems become more pressing, increasingly it is government which undertakes to deal with the difficulties facing workers, both employed and unemployed. Long-run and short-run policies are constantly being formed not only in the offices of employers and trade-unions but also in legislative halls.

This book undertakes to examine the world of labor and to study its problems in order to give the student an understanding of the background of these policies and their implication for American workers. In doing so afresh, emphases have been changed, for the events of the past few years have served to subordinate some topics which formerly bulked large in textbooks, and to magnify others. The authors' primary purpose has been to present a rounded picture of the American industrial worker and his world, viewing them from the standpoints of the worker himself, the employer and the government.

Book I deals with the more important labor problems, whose nature and extent are determined in large part by the institutional factors in the environment.

The chief problems facing American workers are, first, the widespread insecurity which characterizes our industrial society, and, second, the failure to secure what the worker feels to be "a living wage." Analyzing insecurity . . .

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