SEIU: Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act Shows Fight for $15 Has Attention of Congress

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–June 4, 2015. In response to the introduction of the Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:

“This bill would encourage employers to do the right thing and pay the working men and women who generate their profits a wage they can live on. It’s the latest evidence that working people are winning — that their Fight for $15 and union rights has the momentum to change the lives of millions of underpaid workers. The goal of $15 an hour has become a reality in cities and workplaces across the country, and we applaud Sen. Durbin, Sen. Brown and Rep. Schakowsky for standing with these workers and fighting to make sure we have the good jobs our economy needs.

“Thousands of cooks and cashiers, home care and child care workers, airport workers, adjunct professors and other working people have joined together and taken to the streets to say that we need an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. That starts with raising wages so that everyday people make enough to make a living.

“As thousands of fast-food workers gather for their second national convention this weekend, their voices are louder than ever, and those voices are being heard. They won’t stop, and we won’t stop, until everyone who works earns enough to provide for their family and live a decent life. This bill is another important step toward that goal.”