The Myth of Upward Mobility

Monday, June 17, 2013

While the Right pitches the myth that the poor and working-class who are struggling to get ahead are just lazy, the truth is that hard work is being rewarded with low wages. Low-wage work has replaced good paying jobs, increasing income inequality. According to the New York Times, the number of workers earning minimum wage jumped from 1.7 million workers in 2007 to 3.6 million in 2012. 

Faces of the Minimum Wage - The New York Times 

Many Americans accept our growing income inequality because they believe there is a strong chance they will someday be a part of the 1%. Unfortunately, upward mobility is increasingly unlikely. People in nations such as Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and New Zealand are far more likely to enjoy upward mobility than Americans.  

Great Gatsby economics are no party for the middle class - Washington Post 

It's no coincidence that there is a direct correlation between the decline in union  membership and the decline in good jobs. If we want the good jobs with benefits that make the middle class strong, we need unions. Plain and simple. 

Do private-sector unions still have a future in the U.S.? - Washington Post 

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The great American middle class wasn’t something that just happened – it was built brick by brick. It was built by soldiers returning from war and a government that repaid them by giving them a shot at college.