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ERIC Number: EJ799628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Legal Protections and Advocacy for Contingent or "Casual" Workers in the United States: A Case Study in Day Labor
Smith, Rebecca
Social Indicators Research, v88 n1 p197-213 Aug 2008
Contingent, non-standard or "casual" work is present in large numbers in virtually every sector of the United States economy. Staffing strategies that use subcontracted or contingent work--strategies that once characterized only some low-wage workers such as garment and agriculture--have now spread to virtually every area of industry, including high tech and finance. United States law is a patchwork of provisions in separate federal statutes--and sometimes in each of the 50 states--governing whether a particular individual is an "employee." Day laborers in the United States have particular challenges enforcing their limited rights. To address the issues of vulnerable low-wage workers being locked out of labor protections, activists have developed a number of strategies, including litigation and legislative campaigns. These strategies have more recently been broadened to facilitate developing leadership in a new social movement. In this article I draw a portrait of the day labor workforce from city- and state-based surveys of day laborers themselves. I then discuss strategies employed by day laborers to advance their workplace rights.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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