WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–April 30, 2015. In response to the introduction of legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020, index it to the rising cost of living thereafter, and phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:
“The Raise the Wage Act would boost our economy and strengthen our families. This bill would raise wages for more than 37 million people: 1 in 4 workers, 1 in 3 wage-earning women and more than 1 in 3 working people of color. Higher wages will help ensure that no one who works full time lives in poverty, and help working people provide a better life for their children and their families.
“This bill shows that working men and women, standing up and speaking out, are being heard. They’re taking their case to the streets and to the ballot box for an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.
“Low wages are the crisis of our time. To solve this crisis, our country needs a minimum wage that families can live on, and workers must be free to join together in a union and fight for the higher pay they deserve. I applaud Senator [Patty] Murray (D-Wash.) and Congressman [Robert C. “Bobby”] Scott (D-Va.) for their leadership.”