Building Union Power Means Economic Justice for All
Alan Minsky for the PDA National Team
Let’s End the Two-Tier Wage System and Win a National $15 Minimum Wage
In the wake of the strike by workers at four Kellogg’s plants across the country, we at PDA understand it was just one battle in the long struggle for worker rights and jobs with just wages. Still, we need to reflect on what we learned in order to move together stronger.
Tina and Randy Shannon from Beaver County Pennsylvania PDA have written an excellent essay entitled, Kellogg’s Corporation Isn’t the Good Guy in This Story. Here’s an excerpt:
The two-tier wage is a national corporate policy enforced by Wall Street bankers on the corporations they control, such as John Deere, Kellogg’s, and many others. Its purpose is to serve the neoliberal policy of transferring evermore wealth from the hands of working families into their own. It removes that wealth from the communities which created it, increasing extreme economic inequality.
Kellogg’s established their two-tier wage system in 2015…. After six years the Kellogg’s workers were determined to end this policy of open wage theft. That’s why they maintained the strike…(and) the union workers, by risking their jobs and their livelihood, were able to chisel away some of the two-tier system.