United NY Calls for Increase in Minimum Wage

Kathleen Burch | July 24, 2012
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July 24 is apparently the National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage. The 99 Uniting wants activists to tell congress that 'the 99% Need a Raise.' 

To promote this cause, United New York launched this video, "A Rigged Economy, But Workers are Fighting Back!" which paints the story of an African American woman who constantly recieves the short end of the stick in comparison to a presumably greedy corporate white man. They both order wine: he gets several bottles worth; she gets the drops that slosh out of his enormous glass. 

The video then presents wage figures to show that ConEd's CEO made the equivalent of $5,000 an hour 'all while allowing their contracted security guards and cleaners to be paid just $8 dollars an hour.'

Is the U.S. economy rigged? Is income equality the solution to our financial crisis?

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