This is no coincidence. Much of the money flooding into the coffers of the top one in one thousand has come from corporate profits, which go higher as workers’ wages go lower. And low wages at the bottom of the heap put downward pressure on wages for people at the 10th and 20th percentiles, say, and on up. Median wages haven’t gone up much either, over the last few decades:

So keep this context in mind if you’re covering this issue. And find an actual worker or two to round out your story.

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