Low-Wage Work and the Race to the Bottom

Friday, May 17, 2013

Low wage jobs are crushing the middle class and exacerbating income inequality. But workers are increasingly standing up to demand good jobs with living wages. Fast food workers, for example, have gone on strike in five cities so far!  

Fast Food Strikes Hitting Fifth City: Milwaukee - The Nation  

Talk about income inequality! The average Walmart employee would have to work 785 years to earn Walmart CEO Mike Duke's annual salary. This might not be new news, but it definitely needs to be spread! 

Walmart's Average Employee Would Have To Work 785 Years To Earn CEO's Annual Salary: Analysis - Huffington Post  

Turns out the government is also getting its hands into the low-wage jobs game. "A study released in early May from the public policy group Demos states that through various forms of government funding in the private sector, nearly 2 million people earn $12 an hour or less."

Low-wage job king is actually federal government - USA Today 

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