April 20, 2017
WINNING THE WAR ON WAGES:
Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here's why (NATALIE KITROEFF, APRIL 20, 2017, LA Times)
It's impossible to overstate deflationary pressure.In the span of a few decades, Los Angeles area construction went from an industry that was two-thirds white, and largely unionized, to one that is overwhelmingly Latino, mostly nonunion and heavily reliant on immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times review of federal data.At the same time, the job got less lucrative. American construction workers today make $5 an hour less than they did in the early 1970s, after adjusting for inflation.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2017 7:04 AM