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March 21, 2016


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Hi Steve,

If millennials truly see themselves as "working class," this would truly be a fascinating shift. I've always been amazed by the fact that traditionally so many Americans see themselves as middle class -- whether they make $20K or $200K. We might be the only country where no one thinks they're working class (which I also think goes to the decline of labor unions and people's perceptions of the need for worker protections).

If we're really seeing the start of a mind-shift, then that has long-term implications for economics (& our politics) that I for one will be watching.

PS: Yes, I know there are many, many reasons for the decline in labor unions -- including the labor unions themselves. But that's a topic for another day. :)

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