How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs

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How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs

Fast food workers are preparing to strike across the country Thursday, demanding an increase of pay to $15 an hour. Thursday's major day of action—organizers say 100 cities will take part—comes just six days after more than 100 people were arrested nationwide at Black Friday protests against major retail outlets.

It's also important to note that while it's commonly believed that the vast majority of low-wage workers are teenagers, their average age is actually 35. More than a quarter have children, and more than half work full-time, those numbers courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.

Joining Real News to give some context to these latest strikes is Leo Panitch. He's the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and a distinguished research professor of political science at York University in Toronto, author of many books, including The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire.

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