Every working family struggles with four job-related challenges that make inequality worse: acquiring skills, decent starting pay, compensation growth that keeps us with family expenses, and job security. If you want to tool up or retool in school for a new job, you go into debt. You are lucky to find decent pay for the hardest entry-level jobs. Pay no longer keeps up with costs. And tax breaks for investment drive employers to automate more jobs like yours every year.
We must avoid the mistakes of the Occupy Movement, however, by offering tangible solutions to the workplace challenges underlying income and wealth inequality, not just pointing out the problem. What the status quo and the Republican agenda delivers, in the words of Oxfam International, is “wage stagnation, insecure jobs, and a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. The challenge is to build a positive alternative—not one that increases divisions.”2017 Aug 28 Econ for 99% shortened
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