Congress: Cap CEO pay at 50x salary of the average worker

To: United States Congress

Congress: Cap CEO pay at 50x salary of the average worker
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The ratio of CEO pay in the United States has ballooned to 380 times that of the average worker. Pass legislation to limit the salary of CEOs to 50 times as much as the average employee at their companies.

Why is this important?

A recent viral video highlighted how massive wealth inequality in the U.S. has become in recent years, with the richest 1% of the country possessing more money than the poorest 80% combined. A major driver of this inequality is pay disparity, with CEOs in Fortune 500 companies now making 380 times as much money as the average worker. This is a massive increase from 1980, when CEOs were making 42 times as much as the average worker.

To help rectify this problem, Congress needs to pass legislation that caps the ratio of CEO pay to average worker pay at 50 times. CEOs can still be very well compensated, but this will help to drive down the massive disparity we're facing right now. Sign this petition to demand Congress help fix our income inequality problem by capping CEO pay.

View the viral video here: http://mashable.com/2013/03/02/wealth-inequality/

REFERENCE
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/19/467516/ceo-pay-gap-2011/

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Reasons for signing

  • Vicki P. 2015-03-08 19:50:29 -0700
    People should be working to make a living, not funding rich people beyond anything possibly needed, and paying for the upper class's pensions (and these are mostly government employees). America has lost its way, viewing people as only a means to an end: unfettered greed.
  • Joan L. 2015-01-10 23:45:59 -0800
    That's too much pay for people with no conscience and unmitigated, insane greed, whose claim to fame seems to be posturing, and whose job apparently involves providing toxic products and food, putting people out of their jobs and homes, and seeing to it they have inadequate food, shelter, education, and no social safety net or future. That, apparently is 1% corporation goal, trickling down on US, selling US a bill of goods and providing inequality.
  • Kenneth K. 2015-01-05 21:34:57 -0800
    Because the wage gap keeps getting bigger while jobs are being cut and corporate profits soar.