Month: September 2016

NEWS ARTICLE month of September 2016

Why Voting Matters From the desk of Darin Compton     Periods of economic growth and expansion should be the best of times: periods in which living standards and wages improve; that’s still true for the top 10%.  Data gathered from the last ten economic expansions shows the bottom 90% (working families and the middle class) have continued to lose economically while the upper 10% has enjoyed startling economic gains. Today’s wealth inequality closely compares to the 1920’s when the economic divide was vast. The bottom 90% of all Americans earned 50.7% of all pre-tax income, while the top 1% earned 23.9% according to Berkley research analyst Emmanuel Saez. In 1936 during the economic crisis known as the Great Depression, Industrial Labor Unions worked to re-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. The “New Deal” transformed both unions and Democrats and the Labor Relations Act enforced collective bargaining rights in the private sector in this time of economic crisis. Organized Labor and the Democratic Party have worked together ever since. In the tradition of FDR, who put Americans to work after the 1929 crash building bridges, highways, dams; the Democrats are still fighting to devote more funds to high speed rail, modernizing airports, building roads, schools, and working to ensure these projects are built under project labor agreements with prevailing wages for skilled workers. The 2016 United States elections will decide our next...

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