- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)1
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
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