The Have Nothings are the homeless, the Have a Little used to be the middle class and the Have Some are the new middle class and the Haves are the 1% and they have it all.
The wages of the 1% are at an 80 year high. Some of the highest 1%ers are:
Oracle’s Larry Ellison with a wage of $77.6 million;
Massey Energy’s Don Blankenship at $38.2 million;
Zynga’s Mark Pincus at $110 million;
Caterpillar’s Doug Oberhelman at $10.4 million;
Johnson & Johnson’s William Weldon at $25.6 million;
Goldman Sach’s Lloyd Blankfein at $19 million;
Ford Motor Co.’s Alan Mulally at $26.5 million;
McKesson’s John Hammergren at $469 million;
Omnicare’s Joel F. Gemunder at $133 million;
TRW Automotive Holdings’ John Plant at $4.5 million;
Verisk Analytics’ Frank Coyne at $33 million;
CVS Caremark’s Thomas M. Ryan at $ 50 million;
Wal*Mart’s Michael Duke at $18.7 million, which is 750 times more pay than the average Wal*Mart worker makes.
There as never been such a large inequity in wages. The poverty rate in just California is growing three times faster than the population. The working people’s wages are at a 30 year low. One of the reasons for the large number of working poor are the temporary agencies.
We now have around 2 million - 3 million temp workers and they do not make a living wage or have pensions or health care. Most jobs are only part time at 38 hours a week, just under the required 40 hour work week to qualify as full-time. We need a way to get the temp workers into a union before the temp agencies pollute the wages and drive them into the lowest level possible.
I believe a level designed to meet only workers most necessary needs while still allowing life and giving birth to the next generation of wage slaves. Is this what we want for our kids? If not, then we must fight to win.