- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Singer Neal Boyd dies after struggle with health issues (6/12/18)1
- Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD (6/13/18)7
- Couple charged in beating death at Brick's (6/13/18)
- A community rallies behind Honorable Young Men's Club (6/16/18)
- Jackson natives compete in 260-mile canoe race (6/16/18)1
- New Zaxby's restaurant open in Cape (6/13/18)3
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
Labor Day: Work for good jobs
To the editor:
This Labor Day, where have all the good jobs gone? We need jobs with family-supporting wages, good benefits, respect for workers' rights and opportunities for workplace advancement. Our nation's middle class is built on jobs like these.
The jobs problem is not just that we are losing good jobs, it is also that the jobs we are creating are not as good as those we have lost. Study after study has found that the share of America's jobs with higher pay and better benefits is shrinking, while jobs in industries that are expanding pay less and provide inferior benefits. Low-pay, no-benefit Wal-Mart type jobs are not the solution to the jobs problem.
Our elected leaders need to step up to the plate: They should stop signing bad trade deals that send good jobs overseas and start helping to create family-supporting jobs. And we must address our nation's health care crisis.
Bad-neighbor employers like Wal-Mart need to be held accountable when their own employees have to depend on taxpayer-funded programs to support and insure their families.
This Labor Day, let's make sure good jobs with good benefits are our No. 1 priority. Nothing beats a good job.
MARK BAKER, President, Central Trades and Labor Council of Cape Girardeau, Jackson