The working poor. the working poor A new book by Beth Shulman called The Betrayal of Work‰¥? argues that hard work is just not cutting it in America anymore. According to Shulman, even in the go-go ‰¥ú90s one out of every four American workers made less than $8.70 an hour, an income equal to the government‰¥ús poverty level for a family of four. Many, if not most, of these workers have no health care, sick pay or retirement provisions.
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