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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:22 PM
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Wages Fail to Keep Up With Inflation: And the employers think this is just wonderful.
Wages Fail to Keep Up With Inflation
By SUDEEP REDDY
April 2, 2011

Compared with a year earlier, average hourly earnings were up just 1.7% in March. Inflation is running above 2%, largely due to higher energy and food prices, which means workers' average inflation-adjusted wages have declined.

The weakness in wages comes amid surging corporate profits and continued productivity gains. With unemployment still high8.8% in Marchemployers are finding so much labor available that they are able to keep a tight lid on wages.

"There's a capitulation on the part of workers," said David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities. "They're increasingly willing to accept a lower wage than they might have thought they had to when the recession started. The fact that average hourly earnings are now weak or falling is an indication to me that the market is starting to clear."

"Companies are in the dominant bargaining position," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, a consultancy. "They don't have the added problem of paying more for their wages as well."

Read the full article at:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704530204...
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:26 PM
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1. This is what companies always strive for...
And they do it by trying to make workers feel grateful for having a job, any job.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:26 PM
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:35 PM
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3. This was the plan...and why they need the unions stopped through legislation.
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 02:35 PM by Atman
They'll get away with this only so long, and they know it. Which is why the big push is on to end unions through legislative means. Outlaw them completely, then they can't come back and demand fair wages as the economy improves. The corps will reap insane profits, but their employees won't be able to afford to buy the goods they make. Of course it is folly, but remember, this is America. The ONLY thing that matters -- literally, the only thing -- is the quarterly profit statement. They might destroy the entire nation in the process, but as long as they make their quarterly earnings statement, all is good.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:09 PM
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4. A living wage is a foreign concept to some of these people
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