Labor data: A look at wages, workers and unions

Conditions are mixed for American workers this Labor Day. Middle- and lower-class wages have stagnated as recent gains have gone mainly to already high-paid earners, and union representation continues to slide, especially in the private sector. But many states and cities are moving to increase their minimum wage, and unions still represent thousands of Kansas City area workers and millions nationwide.

Editor's Picks

Mary Sanchez

A keyboard Nazi who became a killer

White supremacist F. Glenn Miller Jr. slithered into the Kansas City area hunting Jewish victims and took three innocent lives in 2014. His trial this week illuminated disconcerting parallels with viewpoints that are common, unchallenged and flat out offensive in America.


The GOP’s unhelpful fixation on building new walls

Until recently, the silliest part of the GOP’s fixation with walls was Donald Trump’s insistence that he could get Mexico to pay for his proposed border wall. Then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker upped the ante by endorsing the discussion of a wall along America’s other land border with Canada as a “legitimate issue.”

Kansas City Deals

Today's Circulars

Blogs & Columns

View More


Subscriptions starting at 99 cents per month

Home Delivery Subscribers

Learn how to ACTIVATE
your full Digital Access

NOT a Subscriber?

Show my options >