Good Jobs Nation Applauds the Introduction of a $15 Minimum Wage Bill By Democratic Lawmakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, May 25th, 2017
CONTACT: Paco Fabián, (202) 412-9969paco.fabian@goodjobsnation.org                                                                   

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

Release: Good Jobs Nation Calls Out House Republicans For Passing Bill to Make Wage Theft Legal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017
CONTACT: Paco Fabián, (202) 412-9969paco.fabian@goodjobsnation.org

Good Jobs Nation Calls Out House Republicans For Passing Bill to Make Wage Theft Legal
Legislation to Kill Overtime Law is One More Example of How Republicans and President Trump are Waging a War on Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement from Joseph Geevarghese, the Director of Good Jobs Nation, on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the so-called “Working Families Flexibility Act,” a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to remove the right for workers to receive time-and-a-half pay for overtime:

“This bill is nothing more than a blatant Republican effort to legalize wage theft. It offers American workers no new benefits while giving employers a brand new avenue to cheat workers out of their hard-earned pay.

It’s no surprise – Republicans have spent decades deconstructing the basic labor protections that built America’s middle class and that low-wage workers depend on to keep the lights on and put food on their tables. This is just the latest example of Republicans leaving no CEO behind in their economic race to the bottom.

The U.S. Senate – and President Trump – must stand with workers and reject this legislation. President Trump promised that every policy decision he made would create ‘more jobs and better wages’ for American workers. This legislation does the exact opposite. It’s time for him to keep his promises – and protect the very workers who helped put him in the Oval Office.”

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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