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The teacher pay gap is wider than ever

In a new report, EPI’s Lawrence Mishel and UC Berkeley’s Sylvia Allegretto write that teachers’ pay continues to fall relative to pay of comparable workers. Teachers made 17 percent less in wages than similar workers in 2015—compared with 1.8 percent less in 1994. This growing pay gap could make it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain high-quality teachers.

TEACHER PAY

Benefits do not make up for low teacher pay

A new Economic Snapshot shows that while teachers often have better benefits than comparable workers, this does not make up for their comparatively lower wages. Even after adding in benefits, teachers are paid 11 percent less than similar workers.

OVERTIME

Schrader bill would gut the Department of Labor’s new overtime pay rule

A new EPI report finds that a bill introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) would hurt workers who would benefit from the Department of Labor’s updated overtime pay rule. By eliminating the rule’s indexing (which automatically raises the overtime salary threshold as wages for salaried workers rise), Schrader’s bill would halve the share of the salaried workforce that would qualify for overtime pay protection by 2035. And by delaying the full increase in the threshold by three years, the bill would prevent or delay millions of working people from receiving overtime protections.

IN THE NEWS
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In a column about the future of American economic growth, the New York Times cited EPI research on how wages have risen more slowly than productivity for most of the past 40 years. | "Can Clinton or Trump recapture robust American growth?" »
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The Washington Post quoted EPI’s Elise Gould on the use of performance-monitoring wearables, such as electronic armbands that measure workers’ productivity. “What does this mean about the employee and employer relationship that they need to be so closely monitored? What does it say about the sense of trust or respect?” she asked. | "Are performance-monitoring wearables an affront to workers’ rights?" »
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CNN Money quoted EPI’s Lawrence Mishel on the rise in temporary workers. "One of the most astonishing stories is the degree to which this is taking place in manufacturing, even automobile manufacturing,” Mishel said. | "All the jobs I can find are for 3 or 6 months" »
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In a Washington Post story about the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s potential effects on the Detroit auto industry, EPI’s Robert Scott expressed his concern that the trade deal does not contain enforceable restrictions on currency manipulation. | "Why Detroit opposes Obama’s big trade deal" »
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Salon quoted EPI’s Hunter Blair on who would benefit from Donald Trump’s child care tax break. “Because it’s a tax deduction, it’s going to redistribute income upwards,” he noted. | "Donald Trump’s awful child care plan: The GOP nominee’s “favorite” think tank weighs in" »
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