Steve Viscelli | Predatory Employers, Vulnerable Workers

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:30am

UMass Amherst | Thompson 919 - Rossi Room

Predatory Employers, Vulnerable Workers:
How Unrestrained Employer Power Increases Inequality

Among the major changes in employment in recent decades, the rise of independent contracting is one of the least understood. IN fact, why less-skilled workers choose to become independent contractors has not been studied in detail at all. In this talk, Steve Viscelli will draw on findings from his new book on long-haul trucking, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream (UC Press, 2016), to show how increased contracting is the result of the fact that workers are not just weak, they are also vulnerable to what he calls predatory employers.

Steve Viscelli (Ph.D. 2010, Indiana University) is an economic sociologist who studies work, labor markets, and public policy. He is currently a Fox Family Pavilion Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.