Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce

Hardcover | January 15, 2015

byJoseph Coleman

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The forces driving the first decades of the 21st century - globalization, technology, and unprecedented wealth mixed with jarring economic instability - are pushing the day of retirement later and later in life. The era of the aging worker is here. From the rice paddies of Japan to the heartof the American rust-belt, veteran international correspondent Joseph Coleman takes readers inside the lives of aging workers, exploring the factories, offices, and fields where they toil and the societies in which they live, giving the reader a front-row seat to the global older worker revolution.Profiles of individuals bring to life Coleman's exploration of how the United States - along with many countries around the world - deal with the rise of aging workforces. Throughout these stories, the author gives advice on how societies can best benefit from and assist their increasingly olderpopulation. Readers will come to know:* Michel Wattree, a retired French trucker who has found a second life as an elementary school bus driver and still nurses dreams of driving America's storied Route 66.* The aging crew of Japan's Yamashita Kogyosho, where for half a century they have crafted the world's fastest trains with their bare hands and hammers, exemplifies Japan's adaptive employment strategies that have helped the country deal with one of the oldest demographic compositions in the world.* Rita Hall, an unemployed hospital worker from Akron, Ohio, who hopes that a job training program will save her from spending the rest of her golden years in poverty - a fear shared by many who will far outlive their retirement savings.Amidst the stories of how these works are working hard to adapt, Unfinished Work probes the struggles of companies either unable or unwilling to accommodate the aging of their workforces and the quandaries of governments and policymakers eager to control pension pay-outs to retiring boomers, yetunsure how to keep them on the job. What emerges is a compassionate but clear-eyed portrait of a world in the midst of a slow-motion aging revolution that will have vast consequences for present and coming generations.

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The forces driving the first decades of the 21st century - globalization, technology, and unprecedented wealth mixed with jarring economic instability - are pushing the day of retirement later and later in life. The era of the aging worker is here. From the rice paddies of Japan to the heartof the American rust-belt, veteran internatio...

Joseph Coleman has been a journalist for more than two decades, spending most of that time as a foreign correspondent for Associated Press, including 11 years in Japan. He's reported from almost 20 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America, covering stories ranging from the Colombian government's battle with the Medellin dru...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199974454

ISBN - 13:9780199974450

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IntroductionPART I: THE ROUGH RIDE TO A SILVER AMERICAN WORKFORCE1. The Great Recession and the American Older Worker2. Boomers: The Want to Work Generation3. Unfinished Work: America Moves to Make Space for EldersPART II: THE GRAYING WORLD'S LABOR CRISIS4. Old Europe Wakes Up and Gets to Work (Sort of)5. Japan: The Old Man and the HammerPART III: BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME6. Lessons Learned: How to Build the Workforce of the Future7. What's at Stake: The Retirement Mind and National Vibrancy8. Endgame: Islands of the Old