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Opinion

April 23, 2013

R.I.P., GOP

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A new survey by the American Psychological Association finds that more than half of U.S. workers feel underpaid, under-appreciated and suffer symptoms of chronic, work-induced stress. In short, those who are left working in corporate America are doing the jobs of 1 1/2 workers and are afraid to take vacations or even call in sick.

Closer to home:

Boston-based Upper Crust Pizza was recently found guilty of slashing workers’ overtime by over $350,000 while company founder Jordan Tobins diverted company funds for his own personal use, including the purchase of a Cessna plane.

Hostess Brands (come on, admit it: You miss Twinkies) recently closed their operations and put 18,500 workers out of jobs because they wouldn’t accept a new contract that would slash pay and benefits. Meanwhile, company executives gave themselves several raises and bonus checks, all the while complaining that workers were “grossly overpaid.”

Starting pay for the company I work for (which will remain nameless because I need my job) has dropped from $16.95 per hour in 2007 to $14.95 per hour in 2013.

The company my wife works for (which will also remain nameless because she needs her job) has had a pay freeze for the last six years, yet the corporation executives recently purchased a Citation jet.

So, GOP, what do you say to America’s workforce? Are you so out of touch that you can’t understand why American workers feel as though the Republican Party doesn’t represent them? If this trend continues, the next election cycle in America will elect Democrat candidates overwhelmingly — that is, if we all haven’t drowned when the “rising tide” sinks our boats.

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Richard Joyce lives in Newburyport.

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