Jack Saturday

Monday, June 04, 2012

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 823 - 825

Peter Edelman: On top of how awful the wages are for so many jobs, wage theft adds up to an astonishing number of dollars because employers take brutal advantage of workers and either don't pay overtime or the minimum wage or just don't pay the worker at all for day labor. It's just remarkable, in a terrible way, what a huge problem this is.

…the level of extreme poverty that we have now is so much larger – it was 12.6 million people in the year 2000 and it's 20.5 million in the year 2010 –
Disgusting: 7 Million Kids and Mothers Suffer Extreme Poverty in the Richest Country in the World
By Karen Dolan

General Electric Co. GE -1.52% announced plans to move production of electric water heaters to Louisville, Ky., from Mexico after U.S. unions agreed to a $13-an-hour starting wage for new hires, $8 to $10 or more an hour below the previous contract.

Without such concessions from workers, company executives say, they would be less likely to expand employment in the U.S. at all.
Flat U.S. Wages Help Fuel Rebound in Manufacturing
Wall St. Journal
May 28, 2012

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Our ability to generate more output with fewer people has lifted our lives out of drudgery and delivered us a cornucopia of material wealth.
Let’s Be Less Productive
New York Times

Published: May 26, 2012


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