Author, James Steele discusses how to revive the disappearing middle class

James Steele, author of “America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens” spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 29 about economic inequality in America.

America: What Went WrongSteele addressed the income inequality plaguing the United States. He said this started as manufacturing companies closed down, leaving their employees to start anew with other lower paying companies, if they could find work at all.

Steele went on to say these workers who lost their jobs would not have it as easy as previous generations as they attempted to find new financial prosperity.

Since manufacturing jobs have begun being shipped overseas, working class Americans have found it more difficult to find jobs with a fair wage and benefits. He said a strong middle class does not rely on overpaying workers. Providing a fair wage, retirement plans and good benefits can offset providing a high wage and allow the middle class to grow.

Steele then addressed how tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens and corporations do nothing for the middle class and only make the rich richer.

He said one way to help strengthen the middle class is to raise social security incomes and create improved retirement plans for workers to rely on.

Shale Crescent USAGreg Kozera of Shale Crescent USA spoke about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic revealing the need to bring jobs back to the United States.

He spoke about the American dependence on the Chinese supply chain and how it was bound to create issues for us at some point. As the United States relied on China for personal protective equipment and other necessities, China made it more difficult for these products to reach our shores.

To fix this Chinese dependency, Kozera said the U.S. needs to bring manufacturing jobs back home so we can become self sufficient and stimulate our economy. He lamented the fact that we have the most advanced manufacturing technologies in the world, but cannot seem to keep jobs in our country.

AWF Radio Podcast host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about California child care workers winning the biggest union election in years and forming Child Care Providers United Providers United California. With a 97 percent vote in favor of forming a union, organizers believe it is the biggest U.S. union election victory in years.


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