Sepul­veda strug­gles to get assigned as many shifts per week as pos­sible, but even if she had the chance to work 40 hours per week (a rarity), that would at most equal $15,080 per year. In other words, the CEO of McDonald’s makes 580 times more than Nathalia Sepul­veda. But no one can seri­ously think he works 580 times harder than Sepul­veda or any of the other workers who serve cus­tomers, flip burgers, and clean restrooms at McDonald’s across the country and the world. In fact, it’s hard to imagine Skinner working 100 times harder than Sepul­veda. Or even 10 times harder.

But such is the land­scape of low-​​wage jobs in America today, which pro­lif­erate not because our economy is uni­ver­sally dire but because it is unequal. Research by North­eastern Uni­ver­sityhas shown that 88 per­cent of the economic-​​recovery gains fol­lowing the 2008 crash went to cor­po­rate profits. Just 1 per­cent went to wages. While small busi­nesses across our great nation are working to rebuild profits at the same time as they hire more workers for good pay and ben­e­fits and there­fore rebuild local economies with more spending and secu­rity, big cor­po­ra­tions have fig­ured out that they can rebound their profits while keeping worker wages and ben­e­fits per­pet­u­ally sup­pressed. This is the new new, and it’s as ugly as a slimy pile of indus­trial mys­tery meat.

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