Our economy isn’t working for working families. The recession may have ended for St. Louis’ rich and powerful—but not for everyone else. CEOs and the richest 1% have helped themselves to higher salaries and bigger bonuses at the expense of our jobs, our schools and our communities. In fact, it’s our hard work that’s making the lucky few even more rich.
St. Louis union janitors are struggling to make ends meet. They qualify for a variety of public assistance programs, including food stamps and subsidized housing because they make wages well below the poverty level for a family. At the same time, just 21 companies in the St. Louis metropolitan area made more than $9.5 billion in profit in 2011, while their CEOs took home over $113 million in compensation.
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