Ending Poverty as We Know It

Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage

William P. Quigley
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256 pages
6 x 9

Why every American should have the right to a job at a living wage


Q&A with William Quigley, 2003.

Across the United States tens of millions of people are working forty or more hours a week...and living in poverty. This is surprising in a country where politicians promise that anyone who does their share, and works hard, will get ahead. In Ending Poverty As We Know It, William Quigley argues that it is time to make good on that promise by adding to the Constitution language that insures those who want to work can do so—and at a wage that enables them to afford reasonable shelter, clothing, and food.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction 1. Why a Right to a Job at a Living Wage?

Part II: Reeducating Ourselves about What It Means to Be Poor 2. Myths and Facts about Poverty and Work 3. Our History Shapes Our Thinking 4. Current Official Definition of Poverty 5. A New Definition of Poverty

Part III: Poverty and Lack of Work 6. The Extent of Unemployment and Underemployment 7. The Cost of Unemployment and Underemployment

Part IV: Work and Poverty 8. The Working Poor 9. Low-Wage Work

Part V: A Constitutional Right to a Job at a Living Wage 10. A Constitutional Amendment 11. Support for a Right to a Job 12. Support for a Right to Living Wages 13. How Might a Constitutional Amendment Work? 14. The Way to End Poverty as We Know It

Notes Suggested Web Resources for Further Reading Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author(s)

William P. Quigley is the Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University, New Orleans. He has been an active public interest lawyer for over 20 years, and served as counsel for a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, civil liberties, civil disobedience, educational reform and constitutional rights. Quigley has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., and served as General Counsel for the ACLU of Louisiana for 15 years. He has served as Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and with many other local, state, and national legal and civil rights organizations. He has been counsel for ACORN and other community groups in the effort to enact a one dollar an hour raise in the minimum wage for every worker in New Orleans.