UC Berkeley Study: Low-Wage Manufacturers Cost U.S. Taxpayers $10.2 Billion A Year

May 14, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA – It's well documented that fast food workers are paid so little that many of them are forced to rely on public assistance programs. Now there's evidence that manufacturing workers are in the same boat.

A recent study released by University of California, Berkley’s Center for Labor Research and Education says over a third of manufacturing workers in the U.S. earn so little they qualify for public assistance, costing taxpayers $10.2 billion a year.

More manufacturing workers these days are hired through temporary staffing agencies that take their cut, leaving workers paid a media wage of $10.88 an hour. Workers hired directly by manufacturers earn a median of $15.03, according to the UC Berkeley researchers.

The National Employment Law Project says manufacturing wages in the U.S. are in the lower half of wages in all jobs in the U.S. 

When unions were stronger and before so many manufacturing jobs were shipped overseas, manufacturing workers made significantly more than the U.S. average wage.

May 13, 2016

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