Please call your congresspeople because the entire concept of "living wages" that we grew up with is under attack by neoliberalism in the three trade deals and they in a thousand ways repudiate the whole compassion and people should earn enough to live on if they work frame. I cannot even begin to explain how important this is. Trade deals = race to the bottom, they equal working people all being forced to compete with one another for the same jobs in the US. TISA will likely replace the H1B visa program at some pont several years into the future with true high skill, low wage workers from other countries. Them fighting so hard is them knowing this is coming and you dont.
See what standstill means, both GATS and NAFTA have standstills, it basically means after certain deals are signed the country must freeze "non conforming measures" and only liberalise (lower wages most likely) not raise them,
The thing that is happening is exponential growth in technology, higher productivity, far more skills are required to work in a modern business than previously. People have to wear a great many hats.
There is underlying downward pressure except in some "in demand" areas.
But, people cannot live on less and people "deserve more" if they have been working at a place for a while, so some businesses pay better. I personally have always tried to keep my employees happy when I have employed people. (Not in quite a while) Its a big responsibility.
Jobs are going away!
It is nuts to change everything for investors, Under trade deals they get a right to have everything stay the same and then politicians have to lie because they cannot tell you that they cannot do anything for you, we gave your future away, sorry. You didn't have a lobbyist.
Its going to be harsh for recent college graduates seeing people from other countries with PhDs get those jobs. College students should have demonstrated for better treatment. Now they are spinning it as a crisis.