What do the U.S. and China Have in Common?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In China, rising income inequality is threatening their entire economy because the gap between profits and wages is soaring. Although elements of the government have sought to boost workers’ incomes, they have been thwarted by major companies and banks. Although corporate profits are at all time highs, the workers who create the wealth through their hard labor are struggling just to get by.  Sound familiar? 

The Lansing-Beijing connection - Washington Post 

It’s been proven time and time again that unions increase average wages and benefits, improve working conditions, and give workers a voice on the job. This is a major reason communist officials in China are so opposed to the idea; the freedom to associate and collectively bargain for improved conditions levels the playing field between workers and the elite 1%. It's time to restore some balance between management and working people, starting with making sure middle-class Americans have a voice and a seat at the table again.

Labor Unions on the Brink - Truthout

Aside from the Koch sponsored attacks on labor unions that eerily mirror worker suppression in China, here are five other major threats to the middle class. 

5 biggest threats to the middle class - Salon

We constantly hear the Right-wing talk about how Walmart workers, fast food workers, and other service employees deserve the low wages they get because of their “lack of skills and education.” We suggest they leave their gated communities for a few minuets and see how the real world works. This is a sad look at how hard work in America doesn’t always pay. 

McDonald’s $8.25 Man and $8.75 Million CEO Shows Pay Gap - Bloomberg

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