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Labor, Wages & Unions Introduction

If you have a job, how much do you get paid? How much should you get paid? Who (or what) should determine your wages?

This is the place if you want to understand labor and wages. Who comprises the labor force? What market factors impact wages? What happens to wages and employment when the government intervenes by setting a minimum wage, or when unions organize employees to bargain collectively?

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  • How are wages determined?
  • Do most workers belong to unions?
  • Why has union membership declined?

So, you think it's easy to make the big decisions? Take your turn in the hot seat.

The situation: You're working for minimum wage. Hey, it's an honest living. Prove your knowledge of the wage system and earn a big promotion (not to mention a fat raise).

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