“In the world working people inhabit,
our infrastructure is collapsing,
our schools are laying off teachers,
our drinking water is barely potable,
our cities are facing bankruptcy, and
our public and private pension funds are nearing collapse.
We – consumers, students and homeowners – are loaded with crushing debt, but our real wages haven’t risen since the 1970s.”

Les Leopold, Runaway Inequality
Public Need Over Corporate Greed

Everyday working people just can’t seem to get ahead. We work longer and harder, and yet our wages remain stagnant, our cost of living continues to climb, and our families continue to struggle just to get by. Meanwhile, the top 1% and the very wealthy among us play by a very different set of rules, consolidating their wealth at the expense of the middle class.

The extreme inequality caused by this arrangement has been disastrous. Between 2010 and 2016, the top 100 CEOs in the United States made 794 times what the median non-supervisory worker made. That’s 794 dollars for every dollar.

Over the past 3 years, through the Runaway Inequality program developed at The Labor Institute, WEC has educated more than 2,000 workers, activists and advocates on the devastating impact private equity and hedge fund managers have had on our communities, strip mining our economy and leaving us to fight for the crumbs.

As a result, activists and trainers involved in this project have gone on to fight for tax incentive reform, a progressive tax structure and, in 2019, participated in the fight that won the $15 an hour minimum wage. 

Now, we want to help build alliances in your community, between labor unions, environmentalist groups and community organizations, to combat the extreme inequality that has decimated our state. 

Engage with us, help us identify issues in your community, their economic roots, and who is profiting from the damage they cause. Then, through education and organization, let’s build a campaign to end runaway inequality in your community and in our state.

Want to learn more?

Contact: Brandon Castro

NJ Work Environment Council Campaign Organizer

(609) 882-6100 x302


“Runaway inequality is at the root of many of the problems we face, including the meteoric and disastrous rise of the financial sector, defunding of the public sector, environmental destruction, increased racial discrimination, the gender gap in wages and the rise of our mammoth prison population…if we share a clear understanding of runaway inequality – and the basic economic situation we face – we can begin to build a common, broad-based movement for fundamental economic justice that will take on America’s economic elites.”

Les Leopold, Runaway Inequality