October 18, 2014
A Summarization In the article The Pay is Too Damn Low by James Surowiecki, the author discusses the financial difficulties of today’s economy. Within the last few weeks fast food workers have staged walkouts and strikes, demanding that they receive fifteen dollars an hour. Surowieki states that “low-wage earners have long been the hardest workers to organize, and the easiest to ignore. Now they’re front page news” (1). The workers are upset about having too little pay for the work that they preform, without any benefits. In the past, low wage jobs were occupied by teens and women whom were unemployed. In today’s economy, many heads of households are being forced to take these jobs in hope to support a family or finance their homes. In the 1960’s, the country’s biggest employers were (GM) General Motors along with Ford and Standard Oil while workers were protected by unions. Now the country’s biggest employers are fast food companies and large retail stores like Walmart and McDonalds, which dictated there employee’s benefits and built their companies on low wages. As Surowieki says, “the situation is the result of a tectonic shift in the American economy”. In order to dissolve this situation, we must expand middle class jobs, while raising the minimum wage is only part of the solution of repairing the national infrastructure and economy.
Surowieki, James. “The Pay Is Too Damn Low” The New Yorker 12 and 19 Aug. 2013: 35.Print.
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You don’t really address the author’s thesis.
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You missed a few key points in the article, such as the discussion of the minimum wage over