Americans Troubled By Income Inequality Across Party Lines; Wage Theft Hurts America's Most Vulnerable; Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill, Averting Right-to-Work State

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's growing apparent to many Americans that even if you do all the right things, like get a college education, that chances are you won't get ahead. In a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, six in 10 Americans said the government should do more to fix income inequality, and that the only people who actually advance are the few people at the top.
Inequality Troubles Americans Across Party Lines, Times/CBS Poll Finds - The New York Times

Advancement is a problem in America, especially for the low-wage workforce. But Americans who work these low wage jobs are more likely to have their wages stolen. It's the lack of resources that keeps many of these vulnerable workers from pursuing the money they've rightfully earned. But thankfully, there are places like Community Legal Services in Philly that offer free legal aid to victims.
Wage theft hits those who can least afford it - Philly Voice

Unions not only protect workers from labor violations like wage-theft, but they also offer guidance in the collective bargaining process, ensuring fair pay and benefits which sustains the middle-class. Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that prevented Missouri from being the 26th right-to-work state. “This extreme measure would take our state backward, squeeze the middle-class, lower wages for Missouri families, and subject businesses to criminal and unlimited civil liability,” Mr. Nixon said.
Missouri: Bill to Curb Unions Is Vetoed - Associated Press

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