New Arrivals!

October 26, 2009

Continue reading for more information on these three new titles just added to the CIRHR Library collection!

Education and jobs : exploring the gaps

Written as a sequel to the highly acclaimed The Education-Jobs Gap: Underemployment or Economic Democracy, the work builds on earlier research, and presents brand new case studies of professional, service, industrial, and differently-abled employees, including high school teachers, clerical workers, autoworkers, and computer programmers. Throughout, the book reveals an increasingly overqualified non-managerial Canadian labour force and demonstrates that most workers deal with gaps or mismatches in formal terms by continually learning and reshaping their jobs.

Education and Jobs presents a unique blend of qualitative and quantitative analysis, and offers a comprehensive, long-overdue approach to re-examining the relationship between educational training and workforce skills.

Education and jobs : exploring the gaps / edited by D.W. Livingstone.  Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2009. xiii, 382 p. : ill.   ISBN 9781442600508 (pbk.)

For more information on the availability of this title from the University of Toronto Libraries catalogue, click here.


Offshoring of American jobs: What response from U.S. economic policy?

It is no surprise that many fearful American workers see the call center operator in Bangalore or the factory worker in Guangzhou as a threat to their jobs. The emergence of China and India (along with other, smaller developing countries) as economic powers has doubled the supply of labor to the integrated world economy. Economic theory suggests that such a dramatic increase in the supply of labor without an accompanying increase in the supply of capital is likely to exert downward pressure on wages for workers already in the integrated world economy, and wages for most workers in the United States have indeed stagnated or declined. In this book, leading economists Jagdish Bhagwati and Alan S. Blinder offer their perspectives on how the outsourcing of labor and the shifting of jobs to lower-wage countries affect the U.S. economy and what, if any, policy responses are required.

Bhagwati, in his colorful and pithy style, focuses on globalization and free trade, while Blinder, erudite and witty, addresses the significance of labor market adjustment caused by trade. Bhagwati’s and Blinder’s contributions are followed by comments from economists Richard Freedman, Douglas A. Irwin, Lori G. Kletzer, and Robert Z. Lawrence. Bhagwati and Blinder then respond separately to the issues raised. Benjamin Friedman, who edited this volume (and organized the symposium that inspired it), provides an introduction.

Offshoring of American jobs : what response from U.S. economic policy? / Jagdish Bhagwati and Alan S. Blinder; edited and with an introduction by Benjamin M. Friedman.  Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2009. xiv, 414 p.   ISBN 9780262013321

For more information on the availability of this title from the University of Toronto Libraries catalogue, click here.


Laying it on the line: Driving a hard bargain in challenging times

In late 2008, the world’s economy began to tumble at avalanche speed, and at the forefront of the manufacturing collapse were the Big Three automakers: Chrysler, General Motors and Ford. For decades, these companies had been shining stars, providing billions of dollars of new investments and thousands of well-paying jobs. Yet suddenly the heads of these and other manufacturing giants found themselves begging governments for financial packages to save their industries. What the hell happened?

Buzz Hargrove, the former head of the Canadian Autoworkers (CAW), retired right before the collapse, but not before witnessing the decades of bad decisionmaking— by federal governments and CEOs—that set the stage for the sudden crisis. No one knows the ins and outs of manufacturing like Hargrove, a man who championed the cause of on-the-line workers but who also earned the immense respect of political and business leaders.

In Laying It on the Line, Hargrove explains the crisis from his side of the table, what it means for Canada and how the manufacturing sector can again become this country’s foremost economic driver. Along the way, he shares the behind-the-door dealings with GM, Ford, Air Canada and others, explaining the controversial agreements he reached over his decades as Canada’s chief labour leader. Laying It on the Line is a timely call to arms for industry, governments and indeed all Canadians.

Laying it on the line : driving a hard bargain in challenging times / Buzz Hargrove. HarperCollins, 2009. 324 p. ; 24 cm.   ISBN 9781554684458

 

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