The income gap between Bloomington's richest and poorest residents grew during the "boom years" of the 1990s, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the Associated Press. And it grew faster than the statewide average.
A pair of news items this past week reminded Bloomington citizens in general and blue-collar workers in particular of the mindset they're up against in their struggle for economic justice in the global economy.
It appears that Wal Mart did not get to be the nation's leading retailer through shrewd business practices or volume sales, as some might believe. According to lawsuits filed by Wal Mart Stores Inc. employees in 28 states, the Bentonville, Ark., retail giant has built its empire in part on the backs of its workers.