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GRITtv Roundtable: Working More, Earning Less

The data rolls in every day … Americans are working more, real wages are going down. Unless you’re part of a tiny minority at the top, you’re probably working harder and earning less. Even after a couple of decades of what we are told was solid growth, the United States is very much an upstairs-downstairs affair, and downstairs is getting awfully packed. American wealth inequality is greater today than in the pre-World War One age we called the Gilded Age – it was only gilded for some. How did it get so lop-sided? And in this season of political promise-making, is there any relief in sight? Joining us are:

— Ed Ott, Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council, which represents over 1.3 million working men and women from 400 affiliated labor organizations throughout New York City.

— Saru Jayaraman the co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, an organization founded initially to help Trade Tower workers after 9-11. ROC has gone national, fighting for restaurant workers’ rights.

— Tamara Draut, the Director of the Economic Opportunity Project at the progressive think tank, Demos. She is the author of the Demos study, Economic State of Young America and the book, Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead.

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GRITtv Roundtable: Working More, Earning Less

The data rolls in every day … Americans are working more, real wages are going down. Unless you’re part of a tiny minority at the top, you’re probably working harder and earning less. Even after a couple of decades of what we are told was solid growth, the United States is very much an upstairs-downstairs affair, and downstairs is getting awfully packed. American wealth inequality is greater today than in the pre-World War One age we called the Gilded Age – it was only gilded for some. How did it get so lop-sided? And in this season of political promise-making, is there any relief in sight? Joining us are:

— Ed Ott, Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council, which represents over 1.3 million working men and women from 400 affiliated labor organizations throughout New York City.

— Saru Jayaraman the co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, an organization founded initially to help Trade Tower workers after 9-11. ROC has gone national, fighting for restaurant workers’ rights.

— Tamara Draut, the Director of the Economic Opportunity Project at the progressive think tank, Demos. She is the author of the Demos study, Economic State of Young America and the book, Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.