WASHINGTON, DC – Today, US Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) formally introduced bills in both the House and the Senate to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour.
Below is a statement from Joseph Geevarghese, Director of Good Jobs Nation:
“Today, we applaud Democrats in Congress for drawing a line in the sand and uniting around a pro-worker agenda. They must resist the attacks on working Americans that the GOP and President Trump are embarking on, while at the same time providing a vision of what America should be. It starts with raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. No one who works full time should have to rely on public assistance to make ends meet.
“During the campaign, President Trump promises American workers ‘more jobs, better wages’ but after reaching the 100 day mark in office, he has done exactly the opposite. He has rolled back protections for federal contract workers against wage theft and other labor law violations at a time when wage theft is an epidemic that is eating away at the most American of concepts - fair pay for a hard day's work. His proposed budget cuts back programs that workers rely on to make ends meet and includes no provisions to help workers improve their working conditions.
“Good Jobs Nation will continue to hold the President and other politicians accountable to the American working class, and we will continue pushing to make sure the federal government raises up workers and doesn’t keep them in poverty.”
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Good Jobs Nation is an organization of low-wage federal contract workers who are fighting to end the U.S. Government’s role as America’s leading low-wage job creator. We believe that taxpayer dollars should reward model employers that pay living wages and benefits as well as respect collective bargaining rights.
Good Jobs Nation is supported by national faith, labor and advocacy organizations including Change to Win, Interfaith Worker Justice, Progressive Congress and Our Revolution, among others. Learn more at www.goodjobsnation.org