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Working Scared (Or Not at All) The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream

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ISBN-10: 1442219653

ISBN-13: 9781442219656

Edition: 2013

Authors: Carl E. Van Horn

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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/28/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 212
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Carl E. Van Horn is professor of public policy and the director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is the author of No One Left Behind: Economic Change and the American Worker (Twentieth Century Fund, 1996) and the editor of The State of the States (CQ Press, 1989).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Working Scared in America and the Great Recession
The "Hurricane Katrina" of Recessions
The Sudden Collapse and Painful Aftermath
Did Unemployed Workers Recover?
Bleak Outlooks
A Silent Mental Health Epidemic
A World of Hurt for the Long-Term Unemployed
Bitter Legacies
Is the American Worker Disposable?
What Happened to the Employer/Employee Compact?
Four Forces Downsizing the American Worker
Globalization and Offshoring
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Restructuring
Deindustrialization to Knowledge Economy
Deunionization
Education and Training Gaps
Education Spending P-20
Job Training Programs for the Unemployed
Training at Work
Transforming American Attitudes
New American Workplace Realities
Declining Satisfaction at Work
The Work-Family Imbalance
Learning at Work
An Unhealthy Insurance Trend
A Workplace Divided
A Workforce in Transition
Misery and Bleak Expectations for Older Unemployed Workers
Last Fired, Never Rehired
The Devastating Consequences of Long-Term Unemployment
Ending Retirement as We Knew It
What Older Workers Need
Not So Golden Years
Unfulfilled Expectations for Recent College and High School Graduates
Hit Hard by the Great Recession
Left Out of the Labor Market
A Disappointing Start for College Graduates
Mountains of Debt
More Grinders Than Slackers
Are High School and College Graduates Prepared for Work?
Employers' Views
Does Education Serve the Needs of Employers? How Much Should It?
Next-Generation Education Reforms
Unfinished Business: Recovering from the Great Recession
Bold Actions Battle the Financial Crisis
A Painfully Slow Recovery Yields Disappointment
Policy Gridlock
Election-Year Policy and Politics
Frustration and Protest
Digging Out of the Ditch
Direct Job Creation
Infrastructure and Energy Grid Investments
Public Service Jobs
Bolster and Refocus the Workforce Development System
Shifting to Top Gear
Restoring the Shattered Dreams of American Workers
A New Workforce Paradigm
Assumptions, Expectations, and Hopes
Four National Priorities
Reform Education to Prepare Students for Careers
Expand Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Workers
Replace Unemployment Insurance with Reemployment Insurance
Establish a Renewed Worker-Employer Compact
Strengthening Advance Warning of Layoffs and Assistance
Reinvigorate Workplace Family-Friendly and Flextime Policies
Restoring Balance and Shared Sacrifice to Achieve Greater Prosperity
Appendix: Work Trends: Americans' Attitudes about Work, Employers, and Government, 1998-2012
Significant Works
Index