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A Company of One
Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment
Carrie M. Lane
Surveying the new culture of corporate employment and unemployment.



Freelancing Expertise
Contract Professionals in the New Economy
Debra Osnowitz
Contract work is more important than ever—for better or for worse, depending on one's perspective. The security once implied by a full-time job with a stable employer is becoming rarer, thereby erasing one of the major distinctions between "freelance...



When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough
Stories of Nurses Standing Up for Themselves, Their Patients, and Their Profession
In this collection of first-person narratives, we meet RNs working at the bedside, providing home care, managing hospital departments, teaching and doing research, lobbying for quality patient care, and campaigning for health care reform.



Clandestine Crossings
Migrants and Coyotes on the Texas-Mexico Border
David Spener
Clandestine Crossings delivers an in-depth description and analysis of the experiences of working-class Mexican migrants at the beginning of the twenty-first century as they enter the United States surreptitiously with the help of paid guides known as...



Making Virtual Worlds
Linden Lab and Second Life
Thomas Malaby
Malaby shows how the workers of a very young but quickly growing company were themselves caught up in ideas about technology, games, and organizations, and struggled to manage not only their virtual world but also themselves in a nonhierarchical fashion.



Building More Effective Unions, Second Edition
Paul F. Clark
Paul F. Clark offers an accessible and straightforward account of how union leaders can take advantage of the valuable discoveries made in behavioral science.



Blue-Green Coalitions
Fighting for Safe Workplaces and Healthy Communities
Brian Mayer
What do unions and environmental groups have to gain by working together and how do they overcome their differences? Brian Mayer looks at the role that health-related issues have played in creating a common ground between the two groups.



The Gloves-off Economy
Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market
Across the United States, increasing numbers of employers are breaking, bending, or evading long-established laws and standards designed to protect workers, from the minimum wage to job safety standards to the right to organize. This "gloves-off...



Transnational Tortillas
Race, Gender, and Shop-Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States
Carolina Bank Muñoz
Reveals how management regimes and company policy on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border apply different strategies to exploit their respective workforces' vulnerabilities.



The Good Temp
Vicki Smith, Esther B. Neuwirth
Temporary agencies place approximately two and a half million people in jobs each day in the United States. Every year, about twelve million people use these placement agencies to find temporary work. Many Americans, even those who desire...



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