Jobs for All: A Plan for the Revitalization of America (1994)

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by Sheila D. Collins, Helen Lachs Ginsburg and Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, in consultation with Ward Morehouse, Leonard Rodberg, Sumner Rosen and June Zaccone, New Initiatives for Full Employment, 1994.

Published by The Apex Press, an imprint of the Council on International and Public Affairs.  ISBN 0-945257-55-4
Copyright © 1994 by the Council on International and Public Affairs / Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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About the Book

Chronic unemployment, underemployment and declining wages appear to be the defining characteristics of the “New World Order,” according to the authors of JOBS FOR ALL. Drawing upon an impressive array of research, the authors develop a powerful analysis of the impact of domestic and global economic restructuring on American workers, families and communities and propose a comprehensive program of JOBS FOR ALL as a solution to the many social, economic and environmental problems plaguing American society.

The program they outline, based upon a set of eleven principles, includes proposals for the creation of jobs; raising the minimum wage; making the workplace more compatible with family life and women’s economic achievement; improving the employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups; expanding workplace and civil rights; restoring the public infrastructure; strengthening public finance; ensuring corporate accountability, and furthering environmental protection.

While focused primarily on domestic policy, the program takes account of the need for an extension of its principles to the international arena. What is needed, they assert, is a global “New Deal” to improve the living standards of the world’s poor majority, within a framework that provides for worker and human rights and environmental protection.

In JOBS FOR ALL, the authors have developed a compelling economic, political and ethical case for full employment. They demonstrate that there is hardly a social problem that would not be reduced or made easier to solve with jobs at decent wages. Here is a program which can bring together everyone concerned about our social, economic and environmental future.

About the Authors

Sheila D. Collins is Associate Professor of Political Science at William Paterson College. She is author of The Rainbow Challenge: The Jackson Campaign and the Future of U.S. Politics and numerous articles on American politics, public policy and culture.

Helen Lachs Ginsburg is Professor of Economics at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She is the author of Full Employment and Public Policy: The United States and Sweden and numerous articles on employment and social welfare policy.

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg is Associate Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work at Adelphi University. She is co-editor of The Feminization of Poverty: Only in America? and numerous articles on social policy, especially affecting women and other disadvantaged groups.

All three authors are founders of New Intitiatives for Full Employment, a national coalition of academics, religious and community activists committed to putting full employment on the national agenda.

ISBN 0-945257-55-4