February 26, 2016
North Carolina ranks 4th among states with a dying middle class, according to a recent report by USA Today.
An alarming report by The Pew Research Center out this week indicates the United States could become the world’s first post-middle class society.
From the 1940’s to the 1960’s, when union density was at its height, the middle class in our country thrived. Wages and productivity rose together during that time and we experienced robust growth throughout the economy.
Middle class wealth has declined sharply over last 40 years as union membership has dropped, according to recent analysis of data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred and forty-thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.