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Top American corporate executives have seen their paychecks more than quadruple during the 1990s while factory workers' wage increases only slightly outpaced inflation, ... .

Average worker pay rose from $22,952 a year in 1990 to $29,267 in 1998, up 28% compared with 22.5% inflation rate, ... .

Meanwhile, average compensation packages for the top 2 executives at the nation's 365 biggest public companies ... rose from $1.8 million in 1990 to $10.6 million in 1998. ...

"There is a big fairness problem here. While the headlines are saying the economy is doing so wonderfully, the benefits of that are not being spread around equally," ...

... salaries and bonuses only, executive pay in the manufacturing industry averaged $783,000 in 1997.



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