Hard Sell: Work and Resistance in Retail Chains by Peter Ikeler

By Peter Ikeler

Along with fast-food staff, retail employees are taking pictures the eye of the general public and the media with the struggle for $15. Like fast-food employees, retail staff are underpaid, and less than five percentage of them belong to unions. In Hard Sell, Peter Ikeler strains the low-wage, principally nonunion personality of U.S. retail throughout the background and supreme failure of twentieth-century retail unionism. He asks pivotal questions about twenty-first-century capitalism: Does the character of retail paintings make collective motion not going? Can operating stipulations enhance within the absence of a union? Is employee awareness altering in ways in which may perhaps motivate or extra inhibit organizing? Ikeler performed interviews at long island urban destinations of 2 iconic division stores—Macy's and aim. a lot of the book’s narrative unfolds from the views of those staff in America’s so much unequal city.

When he speaks to employees, Ikeler reveals that the Macy’s association screens an antagonistic courting among employees and executives and that concentrate on is infused with a "teamwork" message that enfolds either events. Macy’s employees establish extra with their jobs and are extra against administration, but goal employees exhibit higher cohesion. either teams, in spite of the fact that, are mostly unsatisfied with the pay and precariousness in their jobs. mixed with workplace-generated emotions of solidarity and resistance, those grievances supply promising inroads to organizing which can support take the fight opposed to inequality past symbolic motion to actual monetary power.

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