The dot-com boom of the late 1990s marked the coming of age of the much-heralded New Ecomy, an ecomic, techlogical, and social transformation that was decades in the making. A highly mobile, and in many cases highly compensated, workforce faces a multitude of new risks: Jobs are longer secure r insulated from global competition, employer-provided health benefits are drying up, and retirement planning is almost entirely the responsibility of employees themselves. This timely book examines the challenges facing high-tech workers and other professionals and the relevance of these struggles for the future of the ecomy. Written by leading experts, Surviving the New Ecomy shows how people working in techlogy industries are addressing their concerns via both traditional collective bargaining and through invative actions. Using case studies from the United States and abroad, the authors in this collection examine how highly skilled workers are surviving in a global ecomy in which the rules have changed-and how they are reshaping their workplaces in the process.
John Amman is a business representative for International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and is a contributing author to the book Under the Stars: Essays on Labor Relations in Arts and Entertainment (ILR Press 1996). Tris Carpenter directs the nationwide organizing activities for the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Local 700, International Alliance of Stage and Theatrical Employees. Gina Neff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington.