Food for thought.
WHEN 13-YEAR-OLD Xiao Kang began to feel lethargic and his breathing grew wheezy last autumn, his parents assumed he…www.economist.com
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These are people who earned less before they became part of the middle class. Similarly unions helped people earn better wages, but the wages they were earning (before unions) were better than the wages on farms. That is why they came to factories in the first place.
You might consider sweat shop workers as poor (compared to you), but they consider themselves well off, compared to the ones who do not have those jobs.