Career Calling

November 4, 2013

More Pressure on Wages and Workers

David Cay Johnston, reporting for Aljazeera America, documents that the median wage in the U.S. is at its lowest rate since 1998.  The median wage for 2012 was $27, 519.  In 1998, that rate was $26, 984.  Workers’ wages are going in the wrong direction.  Or, as Aljazeera America puts it:  “Half of America is being left behind.”

How could this problem be fixed?  Raise the minimum wage.  Defend the rights of workers to organize.  Repeal NAFTA and pass no more international trade schemes that pull jobs out of the U.S.  Tax companies that pull jobs out of the U.S. (currently those companies get a tax benefit).  These are just a few ways that the federal government could help stressed American workers earn a little more money.  Given what we seen out of Washington, don’t hold you breath waiting for solutions.


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