SPS Murphy Institute Faculty Member Featured in The New York Times

SPS is proud to announce that the work of Stephanie Luce, Associate Professor of Labor Studies at the SPS Murphy Institute, was featured in the New York Times on Monday, January 16th.  Released the same day, the report, “Discounted Jobs: How Retailers Sell Workers Short,” which Luce co-authored with Naoki Fujita, of the Retail Action Project, details the working conditions of non-unionized hourly retail employees in New York City.

As Luce told the Times: “An extremely high number earn low wages that cannot even bring them to the federal poverty line. The problem of low wages is exacerbated by low work hours. If large chains, with stores in the retail mecca of Manhattan, can’t create living-wage careers in this industry, we should be pretty pessimistic about the opportunities for millions of retail workers around the country.”

The full report, as well as an executive summary, can be found at http://retailactionproject.org/2012/01/discounted-jobs-how-retailers-sell-workers-short/. The accompanying New York Times article can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/nyregion/study-offers-a-look-at-new-yorks-retail-workers.html?scp=1&sq=stephanie%20luce&st=cse.