The economy has slowly rebounded from the recession of the early 2000s and as such employee wages need to see an increase. While companies benefit from the tax laws and changes made to regrow the economy workers must not be left out of this growth. Raise employee wages to help save the middle class and restore financial equality in the USA.
Yes, I believe that employees are just as entitled to raises as are CEO's when the company is making more of a profit. Companies should practice giving raises as an attempt to retain employees. It is more cost effective for employers to retain employees by providing incentives. Employees are more likely to quit their jobs due to lack of pay increases.
When banks and speculators drug down the economy at the end of the Bush era, they received a golden parachute. "Too big to fail" meant big paydays for the captains of industry even as the housing crises hit it's peak and millions were out of work. The recovery has been slow and is due to the hard work of many who are unlikely to reap it's rewards. Middle income Americans have had stagnant wages for over 30 years while the GDP has skyrocketed. If the economy is to flourish again, these workers will have to contribute to the prosperity with their dollars, not just their sweat.
It is criminal that big corporations continue to make huge profits, yet the average working person does not see the same jump in wages. As the economy gets stronger, there should be a reflection in the salaries of everyday people. Without the daily workers, companies and the American economy would not be what it is.
Millions of immigrants are flooding the labor markets; not only the low-skilled laborers at the bottom of the job market, but also increasingly in management and in the high-tech trades. Companies like Cisco, Google, and Microsoft have colluded with the government to make it easy to bring in millions of high-tech workers as well. It would seem fair for employees to receive some of the benefit of the profits, but employers don't need to pay any more than the [labor] market requires. In addition, automation in manufacturing and (increasingly) in the offices has increased the productivity of employees, so fewer workers are required. Once again, although it would seem fair for them to share in the company's profits, the businesses don't see it that way; as long as there are people willing to work for the same wage (or less), wages will not increase.