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Expat Files – 06.02.17

#1- The Secret Life of a Latin Maid (muchacha): what do they talk about when they get together. Do they talk about you, her employer? Of course they do but what can they be saying behind your back? #2- Those ridiculously low Latin American wages: yes they vary a bit from country to country but are by our standards beyond …

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The Gary Null Show – 03.13.17

Monday March 13th Gary Null has an impact show for you. Gary starts off the program with the latest in health and healing covering the topics of how the brain functions after a death of a loved one, how to cope with depression in the best way possible and the health risks of Round Up. In the second half of the program Gary has an important offer for you his listeners. To wrap up the program Gary has some commentaries by Chris Hedges to talk about. These topics are the unemployment rate in American, the infrastructure Americans have and bankruptcy

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Deirdre Fulton – Rising Student Debt Places Living Wage Even Farther Out of Reach: Report

In most of the United States, even a $15 minimum wage isn’t enough to make ends meet—and the gap becomes a chasm if you factor in ballooning student debt. So says a new report from the People’s Action Institute, released Tuesday, which finds that in most states, the minimum wage provides less than half of the true living wage—an amount …

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Alternative Visions – Why US Workers Are So Angry This Election Cycle – 09.09.16

Media, press, pundits and politicians in the US today keep hyping the US economy as doing well. We hear the US economy is growing nicely, better than other economies at least. Wages are finally rising, and full employment is here.  Jack bunks these and other myths about the US economy on the eve of the US election, and explains why …

February 1781:  American landlady and patriot Mrs Elizabeth Steele exhorts military commander Nathanael Greene (1742 - 1786) to accept a gift of money to aid the war effort during the American War of Independence. Steele, a Continental soldier, had stopped at her inn in Salisbury, South Carolina, but had no money to pay for his keep. Original Artwork: Engraving after original work by Alonzo Chappel.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Sam Becker – How Much Money Does the Average American Have in Their Bank Account?

Despite living in what is likely the wealthiest nation to ever have existed, Americans sure are having a hard time getting by. As most people are well aware of at this point, wage stagnation and numerous structural economic changes over the years have led to a shrinking middle class, fewer and fewer “good” jobs, and calls for political policies that were once thought …

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Deirdre Fulton – How the Decline in Union Membership Is Hurting All of Us: Report

The decline of organized labor in the United States has contributed significantly to wage stagnation and rising inequality, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). “Rebuilding our system of collective bargaining is an important tool available for fueling wage growth for both low- and middle-wage workers and ending the era of persistent wage stagnation.” …

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Ali Meyer – Health Insurance Premiums Rising Faster Than Wages

Health insurance premiums have increased faster than wages and inflation in recent years, rising an average of 28 percent from 2009 to 2014 despite the enactment of Obamacare, according to a report from Freedom Partners. President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, andWednesday is the law’s sixth anniversary. The Obama administration expressed concern in 2009 about skyrocketing health …

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Paul Buchheit – Our Jobs Are Disappearing

Americans are feeling the impoverishing effects of the shift from middle-income to low-income jobs. The disappearance—or, more accurately, downsizing—of living-wage jobs is documented by numerous reports that reveal the suddenness and the extent of this affront to middle America. First, the Neoliberal Explanation: It’s Not Really Happening Business writer Robert Samuelson [1] calls the post-recession low-wage recovery a “myth.” To support his claim …

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Maya Gold – Top Ten CEOs’ Pay Is an Annual Raise for Half a Million Workers

America, chief executive pay is now 300 times more than the average worker. That’s a high enough ratio that presidential candidates are taking note on both sides of the aisle. Senator Bernie Sanders listed the statistic in a statementsupporting mandated CEO disclosure of salaries, and CEO Trump himself declared that the numbers were “disgraceful.”   However, even on a topic …

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Robert Reich – The Morality of a $15 Minimum

Have you noticed how often conservatives who disagree with a policy proposal call it a “job killer?” They’re especially incensed about proposals to raise the federal minimum wage. They claim it will force employers to lay off workers worth hiring at the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour but not at a higher minimum. But as Princeton University economist …