"Plenty of employees know what it’s like to get squeezed these days. American productivity has been rising steadily for the past three decades, but the ones who’ve mainly benefited have been the rich. Wages for most workers are barely growing. That widening gap has become painfully apparent since the onset of the Great Recession. Even as poverty levels reached a record high in the last few years, corporate profits are as robust as ever. And the current state of the labor market — still lousy, in case you hadn’t heard — means that worker wages are unlikely to take a big jump any time soon, since employers don’t have a lot of incentive to start paying people more when there are still more than 12 million Americans looking for work."