Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Remember Mayday

From the World Socialist Party of the United States , a Mayday article

Using the “Unskilled Wage Index” the $175 a year factory workers earned in 1886 Chicago would be equivalent of $22,180 today , slightly more than what American Axle Company is offering it’s workers currently on strike.

Today the average work-week in the US is 46 hours and there is an increase in poorer workers working multiple jobs just to get by. This explains which nearly a third of Americans work more than 50 hours a week. Compare this to the legal maximum of 45 hours the British Empire established for Plantation slaves.

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