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The idea for this book was developed over an expensive lunch with the editor of Harpers Recruitment ads do not equal jobs Want ads are not a reliable measure of the actual jobs available at any particular time These are meant to build and maintain a supply of applicants to replace present workers who have resigned or are fired Having a job doesnt guarantee a better life It is impossible to survive on a minimum wage with one job and barely still with two waitressing jobs Even so with two highly stress-related jobs like housekeeping and serving The author describes how low-wage earners work very hard take on physically demanding jobs willingly compromise their health in the process and yet they find themselves sinking deeper into poverty and debt despite a modest lifestyle Despite their despondent state many of Americas low wage earners are not slackers They remain immensely committed to their work and take great pride and accountability for their jobs despite the absence of adequate living wages or recognition In contrast Dr Ehrenreich shares eyewitness accounts of cold calculating often heartless management policies and practices that deprive workers of self-esteem and dignity that include the absence of break periods except to pee security and surveillance checks managers perpetual harassment unnecessary drug tests etc Team spirit and shared resources are what push the lower class to strive in the working class Ironically the underprivileged class possesses the resilience to rise above these diversities through a strong system of teamwork and cooperation that allow them to face crisis situations It is not uncommon to cover work for others share homes and appliances and services like babysitting and transportation Maine A report issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services in July 2000 found most nursing homes dangerously understaffed especially profit making nursing homes Among the consequences of understaffing according to the report are
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