The Economic Policy Institute took the Labor Day weekend to remind us that American workers should be paid more than they are.
EPI has a handy online tool — based on their project inequality.is — that shows how much you would be making if wages had kept pace with productivity, a key indicator of an economy working for all.
Elise Gould explains at the EPI blog, Working Economics:
Economic inequality is a real and growing problem in America. Since 1979, workers are working more, making more goods, and not reaping the rewards of their increased productivity. Instead, CEOs and executives — the top 1% of earners — now take home 20% of the nation’s income.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. Growing inequality isn’t an inevitability — it was created. It’s the result of intentional policy decisions on taxes, trade, labor, and financial regulation. But that’s the good news: if inequality is not inevitable, then it can be fixed.
Click on the image above or click here, plug in your income into the box, and learn what you should be making.