February 26, 2014

Workers’ Rights Advocate Speaks Out On Minimum Wage Discharge Petition

Ori Korin, ori@jwj.org or 202-393-1044 x126

Washington, D.C. – Following the announcement of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s launch of a discharge petition to force a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, Jobs With Justice executive director Sarita Gupta issued this statement:

“It’s welcome news that House members are taking decisive action on the long-overdue Fair Minimum Wage Act to compel their colleagues to go on record on such a key issue.

Fundamentally, our economy cannot afford another year of low wages. The House Leadership has been shamefully dragging its feet, while too many people in this country aren’t able to make ends meet. Tens of millions of hardworking people deserve the raise that would come from updating the federal minimum wage to $10.10. And the 80% of Americans who support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 deserve for Congress to take a vote. At least with the discharge petition they will know if their representatives are protecting the interests of big, profitable fast food and retail chains that don’t want to pay a fair wage.”

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