Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Labor Day Everyone!!!!

Robert Reich (via PBS):

Labor Day is traditionally a time for picnics and parades. But this year is no picnic for American workers, and a protest march would be more appropriate than a parade.

Not only are 25 million unemployed or underemployed, but American companies continue to cut wages and benefits. The median wage is still dropping, adjusted for inflation. High unemployment has given employers extra bargaining leverage to wring out wage concessions.

All told, it’s been the worst decade for American workers in a century. According to Commerce Department data, private-sector wage gains over the last decade have even lagged behind wage gains during the decade of the Great Depression (4 percent over the last ten years, adjusted for inflation, versus 5 percent from 1929 to 1939).

He later notes:
The ratio of corporate profits to wages is now higher than at any time since just before the Great Depression.


Source: Politfact

3 comments:

scharfy said...

So is this because of the evils of Reaganomics? Or is it the disruptive technology in our society rendering the worker useless, or less useful? Or Cheap overseas labor?

Why o why aren't the workers getting a bigger part of the spoils?...

This is a good post. Opens up pandora's box in away - politically

Jake said...

Here's one theory: http://tinyurl.com/3ppsn92

Anonymous said...

Lil' Robby is a socialist and a fool, but then I repeat myself.

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