From the coverage of the 2016 campaign over the last six months, you would think that American workers battered by economic change have finally won their moment in the political sun.
After all, Donald Trump is said to be the paladin of white blue-collar men and Bernie Sanders speaks unabashedly about the working class, a term many have (wrongly) written off as an antique concept out of 1930s black-and-white movies.
But media interest in policy initiatives that would benefit those who are struggling is scarce. It's far more interesting, apparently, to cover the latest poll about an election that's still a long way off, or to wax eloquent about a kerfuffle at a Democratic state convention in Nevada.
We had an objective test of this last week when the Obama administration announced much-needed new rules on overtime pay.
One of the insidious trends costing workers a lot of income has been the fake reclassification of even relatively low-paid employees as "managers," which deprived them of overtime pay.