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Class distinction and labor relations

From a labor perspective, there has always been a clear distinction of the classes ( high class, middle class and working class). Currently, what is the trend for the American work force of the following:

1) middle class backsliding or melting away into the working class
2) the workforce continuously sliding into the haves and the have nots

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There is certainly a great deal of evidence that the economy is becoming increasingly inequitable. Wage stagnation for the lowest paid workers, declining net worth, and declining personal savings are some of these.

The Economic Policy Institute is an excellent source for this type of information. They report "In most states, the gap between the highest-income families and poor and middle-income families grew significantly between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, according to the new study, "Pulling Apart." You can see Pulling Apart at

The report indicates that wage inequality has been worsening since 2002, when the economy began to recover from recession. While high income families suffered some setbacks because of the decline in stock prices, they quickly rebounded in 2002. Low and middle wage earners weren't so lucky, and their lots have been declining since. Between 2003 and 2005, only wage earners in the 95th percentile and ...