“Good jobs are disappearing while the wealthiest 1% are taking an unprecedented share of the national income. Nobody should have to struggle on poverty wages just to satisfy big corporations’ endless thirst for profits. Fast food and low wage workers are rising up demanding a $15/hour minimum wage. Let’s unite in the Fight for $15 and win an historic victory for working people!” – Kshama Sawant
- In 2012, the real median household income was 8.3% lower than it was in 2007, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.
- Low-wage jobs accounted for only 21% of recession losses, while 58% of new jobs created between 2010 and 2012 were low-wage, according to the National Employment Law Project.
- A record 46.5 million people were living in poverty in the U.S. in 2013 according to the Census Bureau.
- Despite high unemployment and the weakest recovery since World War II, the stock market and corporate profits reached record highs in 2013.
- According to one study, 95% of the gains of the economic recovery have gone to the richest 1%.
- If the minimum wage had kept up with productivity gains since 1968, it would be $21.72.
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