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chipper_shredder

Social climber
outinthecuts
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 24, 2017 - 01:02pm PT
Trying not to rant....but.
This has been on my mind awhile and wondering why more
Are not down right mad and ready to take a stand.
Worker wages.

Was recently watching one of those CNN/MSNBC financial report type
Round table discussion forums, and the outlook,current state of US economy
Is all rosey and great,DOW,NASDICK up up & away
California unemployment all time low, blah...blah.
Then at the end a small blurb on wages..flat..so flat
For literally, 15 years...and all the bright & knowledgeable
Suits just could not figure out why, they were all just totally
Scratching their collective heads as to why wages are flat (?)

Is it really that confusing ???
Here's a thought....
Maybe wages are flat due to....wait for it,
Greedy-ass companies, corporations and bosses
Not wanting to pay people more ?
It's not that confusing...is it
The economic talking heads act as tho wages should rise like tides
Without conscious effort, but they don't, and they try to cloud the issue
With confusing semantics and double talk.

I personally was making $15 an hour in the 90's
Twenty years later wages are the same for a lot of gigs
Why aren't people more mad and on the streets ?
X factor is $15 is decent in some localities
And minimum wage in others
Cost of living increases are not happening

My take
We need more peaceful general strikes
Shut it down
Put a wrench in the cogs, till they listen.

Credit: chipper_shredder

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 24, 2017 - 01:37pm PT
That's a typical example of the Pew Research Center's 'non-partisan' take
on reality. Here's what the St Louis Fed (I know, they're part of the
problem) says about wages vs inflation.

Credit: Reilly

https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2015/november/relationship-between-wage-growth-inflation

The operative paragraphs:

"Recently, wage growth and inflation have been low relative to U.S.
history, as indicated by the fact that the blue circles are in the bottom-
left of the figure. Perhaps more importantly, this figure shows that, even
conditional on inflation, wage growth has been low recently, as most of
the blue circles are below the fitted line.

In a frictionless economy, such a reduction in wage growth would be a
consequence of slower growth in labor productivity or output per hour.
That decline in labor productivity actually occurred: Output per hour
worked grew at an average yearly rate of only 1.2 percent from the third
quarter of 2009 to the second quarter of 2015, while it grew at an average
yearly rate of 2.1 percent from the first quarter of 1960 through the
second quarter of 2009.1 "

If you want to increase yer income relative to inflation you need to get
edificated sos you can git a better job. Since half the people in this
country are doing something close to flipping burgers you can't increase
yer productivity much and striking isn't gonna get you much cause there
is still plenty of competition at that level for yer job.
Roger Brown

climber
Oceano, California
Dec 24, 2017 - 02:01pm PT
Chipper,
I'm a semi-retired union carpenter and I am real happy with my wages. I think our training centers have a lot to do with our wages. We can take training classes for everything we do, so we get to go out already trained up. Contractors like that and are willing to pay us well.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 24, 2017 - 02:02pm PT
Not an economist here but just providing some anecdotes from personal observations where I live...

Workers now seem to be more 'contracted' to work than hired on with a company. A relatively good remuneration may be provided but it has zero benefits and no worker rights. Yer on yer own. (YOYO!)

Full time hours are very difficult to come by. Workers stitch together several part-time situations.

Housing prices in my area have exploded. Some workers spend 60% of their income on shelter. Which means they move away from this area. You can find all the 15$/hr jobs you want in my city but you can't find a place to live. Or when you do it's with room mates. Pets? Forget about that. Buy a place? Not with the land bankers snapping up properties to sit on empty.

HOw does automation fit into this? Anybody ?


EDIT: Glad to hear there are still union workers somewhere.
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Dec 24, 2017 - 02:51pm PT
Reilly, while the statistics can be used to support any position you want, the fact remains that the percentage of profits that goes to the top 1% is too high. Not only it is harmful to the society, but to the economy as well.

If we donít want to have a revolution in our country, we need to resurrect Unions. Without a bargaining power, the workers are powerless. If we learned anything from the Russian revolution, is that desperate people are very dangerous.

The absolute power of the big corporations needs to be curbed.

Moose
Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
Dec 24, 2017 - 03:00pm PT
Tammy, this is widespread. I've bumped my Superintendent up from $30 to $36 an hour over the last three years and my carpenters and labores have had nice raises as well yet I've had to lock my markup at a recession level of 13% to keep us competitive.

I honestly don't think my employee's standard of living has improved due to the cost of housing and insurance and I know mine hasn't.
zBrown

Ice climber
Dec 24, 2017 - 03:00pm PT

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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 24, 2017 - 03:13pm PT
Moose, yer a scientist so why do you deny the data of the dismal science?
And my position is if you sit on yer azz waiting for politicians and union
chiefs to better yer life yer gonna be in a world of hurt. Only you can
make yer life better.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 24, 2017 - 03:50pm PT
And my position is if you sit on yer azz waiting for politicians and union chiefs to better yer life yer gonna be in a world of hurt. Only you can make yer life better.

Insofar as you are addressing people like most of us who post here, you're probably right. Most of us are well educated, highly intelligent, and white. And, mostly, we're not young.

If any of us here is suffering financially, we probably do only have ourselves to blame.

But not everyone has the intelligence and the opportunity to get the education we did. Nor do they have the ability to rise from flipping burgers to managing the franchise. Or from driving the truck to sitting in the executive suite.

And, increasingly, jobs within the capabilities of many people will disappear. The trucks will soon be driving themselves, which is fine if you are the guy buying the trucks, but not so fine for a lot of others.

It's easy to say "F*#k them. I worked hard for what I've got, why should I care about a bunch of lazy slobs that want everything handed to them." But it's also short-sighted.

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Dec 24, 2017 - 04:00pm PT
Wages were flat partly because unemployment was high.
As unemployment stays low, or drops further, wages will go up (in a otherwise growing economy). In some parts of the exonomy it wonít be true because of local conditions. Basically competition for scarce resources.
zBrown

Ice climber
Dec 24, 2017 - 04:02pm PT
It is a consumer economy fellas. What drives growth is consumer purchasing, yet consumers have less and less to spend, inflation adjusted.






steve s

Trad climber
eldo
Dec 24, 2017 - 04:56pm PT
Contractor, As an interior trim carpenter I have admired the projects that you post up on the "show me what yer building thread" . Out of curious it's what do you pay your carpenters to stay competitive? Are they independent sub contractors or employees? Cheers.
August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Dec 24, 2017 - 05:41pm PT
If you want to increase yer income relative to inflation you need to get
edificated sos you can git a better job. Since half the people in this
country are doing something close to flipping burgers you can't increase
yer productivity much and striking isn't gonna get you much cause there
is still plenty of competition at that level for yer job.

First off this:

But not everyone has the intelligence and the opportunity to get the education we did. Nor do they have the ability to rise from flipping burgers to managing the franchise. Or from driving the truck to sitting in the executive suite.

Second:

Even if everyone had the intelligence and the opportunity to get a degree, crappy service jobs aren't going to disappear overnight and you don't need as many managers as workers. Let alone the number who are sitting in the executive suite.

If everyone had a college degree, salaries for the college educated would plummet far faster than wages on the bottom would rise.

If society is going to tackle rising inequality, it will be through some sort of social policy. It ain't going to happen through self-improvement and the free market.
Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
Dec 24, 2017 - 05:48pm PT
Hi Steve, I'd say here in San Diego $35 on the books is the going rate for a good trim carpenter and $45 or $55 with a 1099 as a sub. I pay my lead guy $36 on the books plus part of his health insurance.

I do all the critical lay-out, elevations and survey work myself so It would be a bit more for someone with all those abilities.

What's your experience?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 24, 2017 - 05:49pm PT
Ghost, Iíll thank you, after my initial disappointment, not to put words in my mouth.

Feliz Navidad
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Dec 24, 2017 - 06:08pm PT
For those of us that have 'pretty good' jobs (where we can pay ourselves and our employees in part through providing benefits, both health care and a contribution to retirement income), it has become harder and harder to raise wages because health care premiums keep going up.
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Dec 24, 2017 - 06:22pm PT
US worker productivity has been rising exponentially since the 1970's. Wages have remained flat, or have decreased. The difference between productivity and wages is profit. Corporations are realizing record profits, which have gone toward obscene executive pay packages, and to pay lobbyists to agitate for the end of unions and collective bargaining.


It's the Magic Hand of the Law of the Jungle at work.




It's not a coincidence that Trump, his Swamp Rats, and the GOP are highly fixated on deregulation, and, failing that, minimal enforcement of laws they can't repeal.

When one group has an asymmetric advantage over other groups, it is instinctual (c.f. Law of the Jungle) for them to want to perpetuate that advantage, and for them to use all manner of dementheses (demented hypotheses) to support their otherwise unsupportable position within society.


Stagnant wages are just one tentacle reaching out from the 1%, as they try to strangle the United States into submission to their myopic vision for the future of the nation.





SERENITY NOW!



moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Dec 24, 2017 - 06:31pm PT
Reilly, Ghostís post fits my thinking.

Maybe you could make your thoughts more clear?

Or not. Either way, there are two problems here.

One is the minimum wage, which should be enough to survive without the government (taxpayers and lenders) hand outs.

The other is growing disparity between the poor and the rich, when itís clear there is enough money for everybody.

Iím not advocating for robbing the rich, but come on, just how much money is enough?

Moose
Jorroh

climber
Dec 24, 2017 - 06:34pm PT
Reilly

What was the productivity growth like in the period 1980 to 2009?

What was wage growth like during that period.


Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
Dec 24, 2017 - 06:48pm PT
Moosedrool- Are you aware of the planned container port at Punta Colonet? It lost funding due to the global collapse of sea trade during the great recession, yet the gears are still churning to bypass US union dock and shipping workers via a Mexican mega port and rail line into America's heartland.

Yet another front on the war against union labor.

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