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Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

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Yet neither side in the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations is talking about America's low-wage workers. They're invisible in official Washington. 

Not only are they unorganized for the purpose of getting a larger share of the profits at Walmart, McDonalds, and other giant firms, they're also unorganized for the purpose of being heard in our nation's capital. There's no national association of low-wage workers. They don't contribute much to political campaigns. They have no Super-PAC. They don't have Washington lobbyists.

But if this nation is to reverse the scourge of widening inequality, Washington needs to start paying attention to them. And the rest of us should do everything we can to pressure Washington and big-box retailers and fast-food chains to raise their pay.

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at

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If you almost double the wages of service workers,... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 2:02:17 AM
You're all for laying down and dying quietly. ... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 7:16:33 PM
With a quote from Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting Bu... by Richard Girard on Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:57:14 PM
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...they put a cap on what CEOs and other corporate... by Ginger McClemons on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 1:19:05 PM
drive both companies and investors out of America.... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 6:47:40 PM
they won't get the tax breaks in other countries t... by Ginger McClemons on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 7:33:20 PM
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