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Today on Your Call: How should we expand economic opportunities in a post-industrial United States?


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about how the economy has affected workers on the lower end of the wage scale. In 2011, roughly 46 million people in the U.S. lived below the official poverty line. Ten million are considered part of the working poor. What will it take to create good paying blue-collar jobs? Join the conversation and call in with your questions on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Saru Jayaraman, co-founder the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley

Sasha Abramsky, writer and the author of "The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Live"

Mia Birdsong, vice president of the Family Independence Initiative

Web Resources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics: A Profile of the Working Poor, 2011

FII - Family Independence Initiative

Sasha Abramsky: The Voices of Poverty

Saru Jayaraman: Behind the Kitchen Door

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United: ROC

Deutsche Welle ‎: Escaping the plight of the working poor

KTUV: More 'working poor' depend on food stamps