When workers can’t afford basic necessities, it lowers their purchasing power and slows the economy for everyone.
Everyone deserves the freedom to earn a decent living. Nearly all workers have access to a multitude of federal, state, and sometimes local laws that set basic workplace standards, such as a minimum wage, a right to overtime pay, protections for taking unpaid family leave, basic safety and health protections, and prohibitions against employment-based discrimination. Yet while these protections are critical, they’re not enough when millions of working people today aren’t able to support their families and afford basic necessities. Learn more about how workers, advocates, and communities are demanding better wages and job standards so the economy can work for all of us.