In Raise the Floor: Wages and Policies That Work. For All of Us, Holly Sklar, Laryssa Mykyta and Susan Wefald deftly blend the latest data and real-life stories, to show what it takes to make ends meet in today's America. In addition to telling workers' stories, presenting original data and proposing comprehensive policies, Raise the Floor spotlights large and small businesses that demonstrate how good wages are good business -- in good economic times and bad. -- Des Moines Business Record
Raise a cheer for Sklar, Mykyta and Wefald! Raise the Floor sets out the arguments for a higher minimum wage and other policy changes so clearly and persuasively that only the most cold-hearted could ignore them. This is a commanding work and powerful tool for the living wage movement that is gaining ground everywhere. -- Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
Some books tell the story of the working poor. Some give the numbers. Others stress policy solutions. This book does it all, with passion and precision. It's a tremendously valuable resource. -- Jared Bernstein, Economic Policy Institute
This book sends a clear message to America that the minimum wage should lift people out of poverty, not perpetuate it. -- U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, Member of Congress
About the Author
Laryssa Mykyta is a senior policy analyst at Solutions for Progress. While her primary interest lies in labor market policy and effective anti-poverty policy, she has also applied her research and database management skills to projects on health care and education policy. Mykyta's past research addressed the effects of inequality on labor market outcomes for female and minority workers and examined the impact of racial divisions on society. Mykyta also teaches at Temple University where her courses include Women and the Economy.
Susan Wefald is director of institutional planning at the Ms. Foundation for Women and coordinator of the Raise the Floor campaign. Wefald previously ran a community development consulting business, where she conducted training in the U.S. and Russia. As former staff director of the Naugatuck Valley Project, Wefald coordinated the organizing and economic development work of a coalition of unions, churches and community organizations in Western Connecticut. She is the former assistant director of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board and taught Community Organizing and Community Economic Development at New Hampshire College. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.