Closing the Income and Opportunity Gap
We begin on this Labor Day with an assessment of what is driving the growing income and opportunity gap in America as our democracy is increasing captured by plutocrats. Chuck Collins, the co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good and the Patriotic Millionaires and author of “Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good” joins us to discuss his new report at The Next System Project “Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy”. We look into the growing divide that is not so much the result of technological change and globalization but is embedded in our economic and political system since we have reached the point where the top one tenth of one percent own as much as the bottom 90% of U.S. households combined.
The Multi Billion Dollar Union-Busting Industry
Then we explore the reasons why union representation in the private sector has shrunk to below 7% compared to 35% in the 1950’s and why it has been attributed to American workers turning away from unions rather that the real cause which is the hidden war against unions by the multi-billion dollar union-busting industry financed by the Koch Brothers and other billionaires.Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley joins us to discuss the judiciary as an arm of the union-busting industry with corporatist judges like Neil Gorsuch now poised to eviscerate public sector unions.
Reagan Joins Trump's Labor Department's Fall of Fame
Then finally we speak with Sam Pizzigati a veteran labor journalist and author of “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class” who has an article at inequality.org “A Hall Of Fame Turns Shameful”. We discuss how the portrait of the union-busting President Reagan has been put up in the Labor Department’s Hall of Fame alongside true heroes of labor like Cesar Chavez by Labor Secretary Acosta who was appointed by Trump BECAUSE of his hostility to American workers.