reply to post by Southern Guardian
Yours is a good post, but it should only be used as a part of a whole. I tend to lean anti-union most of the time, but there are too many economic
variables involved here to point to just one, such as the decline of unions, and say this is why people make more money.
What types of jobs are involved?
How has the workforce changed in the last 60 years?
How many more people are in the workforce in relation to the above?
How many more people have degree's in relation to the above?
How many more jobs actually require degrees?
What do the cost of living increases look like in relation to inflation?
Because of the pay discrepancies between men and women, how many more women are in the workforce? Especially at the corporate level?
What do U.S.regional statistics look like?
What do the job stats per region
How those numbers effect the whole?
How many more seniors do we have now in relation to the population numbers of 1950? and 2010?
Does Social Security count as "income" in this regard?
Are independent contract wages included in these stats?
Are Expat jobs included in these stats?
Are workers in foreign countries employed by American based companies involved in these stats?
Why should the CEO's of said companies be included fully in these stats when part of what THEY make is based on foreign labor?
Taking these and other factors all into consideration will give you a more concise view of the economic fabric of America.
Unions play a minor role, as evidenced by the information you presented, in the overall economy and financial well-being of the average American.
Actually OP, I think you started something that Wrabbit 2000 may be able to finish. He loves making charts about these sorts of things. I'm only good
at providing an overview of things that people can work from. We all have our skill sets here and working together
is the way to go.
Everything is too global these days and people need to get out of this "American" mindset when it comes to business. It simplifies things to the point
where you don't get the big picture, you're doing yourself ( Not you OP) a disservice by keeping yourself not as educated about the whole thing as you
could be and, as a result, you'll keep spreading that dis-information to others. Not on purpose of course, but that is ultimately the outcome.
Good post though OP. We need more people here like you to keep reality checks alive and well on this board.
edit on 19-12-2012 by Taupin Desciple because: (no reason given)