In honor of labor day, NBC News put together an informative infographic that details the realities for many U.S. workers. Check it out below:
The rampant income inequality in the U.S. costs middle class workers about $18,000 a year.
That’s how much middle class incomes have been reduced by since the surge in inequality from 1979 to 2007, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.
According to ThinkProgress:
“The paper notes that during that time period, income for more than 90 percent of American households grew more slowly than average income growth. That’s because the average was skewed by fast growth at the top: Income growth for households between the top 96th and 99th percentiles grew by more than 78 percent, and the top 1 percent’s income growth was a whopping 245 percent.”
The chart below illustrates what middle class incomes would look like, had the middle class grown at an average rate:
Despite rampant income inequality in the U.S., we’re committed to raising wages and giving workers access to better jobs and a just economy. For more information on out initiatives, please visit: workingamerica.org
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Every day, thousands of hard-working people are forced to adhere to inconsistent schedules that result in erratic pay and a chaotic home life.
Last week, The New York Times ran a lengthy article on the sophisticated scheduling software used by employers that create schedules that wreak havoc on employees’ lives.
The article is littered with mentions of the specific ways that employers use the software to keep profits high and labor costs low. A lot of the software, for example, provides managers with information on sales patterns that enable them to cut employee hours.
While scheduling software currently, it seems, impedes on employee work hours, creators maintain that it could be used to create “more accommodating core hours.”
While the article primarily focuses on erratic scheduling’s effect on single mothers’ ability to care for their children (a valid concern), we’ve compiled a few of the less-obvious reasons why fair scheduling needs to happen, now.
Because the weather shouldn’t dictate your schedule. Unfortunately many retail jobs, despite being based indoors, offer hours that are dependent on the weather. Back in 2012, The New York Times ran an interesting article that put a spotlight on Jamba Juice’s reliance on the weather for its scheduling practices. The company, at least at the time, would schedule more employees on a nice day and cut hours on a rainy one. Aside from Jamba Juice, there are instances of employers sending workers home due to poor weather conditions as well.
Because your schedule shouldn’t prevent you from getting an education. Janette Navarro, a barista a Starbucks, told the New York Times that she was forced to put her college classes “on indefinite pause because her shifting hours left her unable to commit to classes.” One of the biggest drawbacks of a mercurial schedule is that it makes it quite difficult for workers to schedule anything else in their lives.
Because you should be able to work a second job, if you need to. Many reports indicate that, increasingly, there’s an overwhelming group of part time workers who want full-time work, so it’s no surprise that workers are finding other jobs to supplement their wages. Much like pursuing an education, erratic scheduling keeps workers stagnant, allowing no room for other steady, part time work.
Despite the prevalence of erratic scheduling in the retail industry, Working America has launched campaigns to push for fair scheduling laws in both Minnesota and Illinois.
For more information, email Brianna Halverson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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