"The income inequality that exists in this country is a disgrace," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.
As Press TV reports, in 1980, an S&P 500 CEO made 42 times what a rank-and-file worker made, by 1990 they were making 107 times more, and now it has grown to a factor of over 335 — meaning that the rate at which the wage gap is widening
In the United States, worker pay has been stagnant for over three decades, as wages have not kept pace with inflation.
Meanwhile, advances in technology have meant that productivity has consistently risen.
“Productivity has increased at a relatively consistent rate since 1948. But the wages of American workers have not, since the 1970s, kept up with this rising productivity. Worker hourly compensation has flat-lined since the mid-1970s, increasing just 15.5 percent from 1979 to 2013, while worker productivity has increased 132.8 percent over the same time period,” the report states.
Beginning next year, publicly-owned companies will be required to reveal the ratio of how much their CEOs earn versus the average income of employees, following new US Securities and Exchange Commission rules.