Three headlines in The Tribune on Sept. 5 say it all about the plight of working people in the United States:
“Rich get richer, everyone else doesn’t:” Stating that only the top 10 percent of wealthiest Americans saw their income grow while the middle 20 percent of income earners saw their income drop by 6 percent from 2010 to 2013.
The second headline, “U.S. worker productivity up,” stated gains in productivity mean workers can be paid more without worsening inflation. But workers didn’t earn more. Instead we read about “wage theft” by employers.
The last headline, “Dozens arrested in worker protests,” is about fast-food workers getting arrested for demanding a wage they can survive on.
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Our assemblyman, Katcho Achadjian, has voted time and again against raising the minimum wage and against supporting working people.
Like the ill-fated band playing on the deck of the Titanic, Katcho plays the failed tune of trickle-down economics as our ship sinks.
We need new leadership now.