By Jueseppi B.
President Obama: It’s Time to Give America a Raise
05:49 PM EST
Today, President Obama travelled to Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut to speak about the importance of raising the minimum wage.
Joined by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, along with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Rhode Island Governer Lincoln Chafee, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, the President addressed a crowd filled with students to dicsuss his plan to expand opportunity for all Americans.
He detailed the four parts of his opporuntity agenda: 1) create more new jobs; 2) train Americans with the skills to fill those jobs; 3) guarantee every young person access to a world-class education; and 4) make sure hard work pays off.
Ensuring that hard work pays off means that women should receive equal pay for equal work, that Americans can save and retire with dignity, that people have health insurance when they need it most, and that the wage you make is enough to support yourself and your family.
“Nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. That violates a basic sense of who we are. And that’s why it’s time to give America a raise,” said President Obama. “What every American wants is a paycheck that lets them support their families, know a little economic security, pass down some hope and optimism to their kids. And that’s worth fighting for.”
That’s why President Obama isn’t waiting for Congress to take action. Last month, he used his pen to sign an executive orderrequiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour.
Raising the minimum wage for all Americans to $10.10 an hour would help not only minimum wage workers; it would lift wages for nearly 28 million Americans across this country and raise millions of people out of poverty.
Add Your Name: It’s Time to Raise the Wage
Secretary Thomas E. PerezMarch 05, 2014
05:02 PM EST
This afternoon, Secretary Tom Perez sent the message below to the White House email list, asking people to add their name in support of raising the federal minimum wage.
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Several weeks ago, I met Semethia and Anna.
Semethia’s a 36-year-old single mom. Her son hopes to go to college one day. Her daughter wants to take gymnastics lessons. But with a service job that pays just $8.25 an hour, Semethia relies on food stamps and help from friends and family just to keep food on the table — much less build the future she’d like for her kids.
Anna works as a tip server at two local D.C. restaurants. She doesn’t yet have to support a family, but she still struggles to make ends meet when she’s relying on tips to get by — and she sees the tough decisions her colleagues make every day. One of her coworkers recently missed her son’s birthday party in order to cover a shift — that’s how badly she needed the money to support her family.
You see, when we talk about the kind of folks whose lives will be made better by raising the minimum wage, we’re not talking about a couple teenagers earning extra spending money to supplement their allowance. We’re talking about providers and breadwinners. Working Americans with bills to pay and mouths to feed.
And right now, millions of them are trying to do that on just $7.25 an hour.
We can change that. We can raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, we can do it right now, and we should. If you agree that it’s high time we do — that America’s workers deserve a raise — then add your name right here.
The President said this in his State of the Union, and we can’t lose track of it: Here in America, no one working full-time should have to raise a family in poverty.
Think about that for a second: Right now, around the country, there are parents who, despite working full-time jobs, are living below the poverty line. We’re better than that.
Secretary Tom Perez
Department of Labor
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President Obama Speaks on Raising the Minimum Wage
March 05, 2014 | 29:54 |Public Domain
President Obama says that it’s time to raise the minimum wage because nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.
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March 05, 2014 | 1:27 |Public Domain
President Obama delivers short remarks at a small business that pays its employees more than the minimum wage.
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