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The middle class is the great engine of the american economy. But today that engine is sputtering and as a result, both american families and the economy are struggling. The wages of most workers have been stuck in neutral for 30 years. More and more Americans — even those with college degrees — are toiling in jobs that do not pay enough to support their families in dignity and offer hope of a brighter future. And the jobs that will grow the most in the next decade are low wage, stripped of benefits and requiring no more than a high school diploma. Unless our nation focuses on making today’s jobs better and tomorrow’s jobs good, the long-term prospects for our families’ well-being and the national economy are bleak.
10 Ways to Rebuild the Middle Class for Hard Working Americans: Making Work Pay in the 21st Century, a report released by more than 20 of America’s leading organizations on work and the economy, lays out a road map for this u-turn. We describe common sense policies towards making today’s jobs better and tomorrow’s jobs good. The core value guiding this road map is that work lies at the center of a robust and sustainable economy; that all work has dignity; and that through work, all of us should be able to support our families, educate our children and enjoy our retirements.