Millions of Americans are working for totally inadequate wages. We must ensure that no full-time worker lives in poverty. The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living wage. We must increase it to $15 an hour over the next several years.
We must also establish equal pay for women. It’s unconscionable that women earn less than men for performing the same work.
Millions of American employees have been working 50 or 60 hours a week while receiving no overtime pay. That is why Bernie has been encouraging the Obama Administration to ensure that more workers receive overtime pay protection. The Administration’s new rule extending that protection to everyone making less than $947 a week is a step in the right direction. It is a win for our economy and for our workers.
Lastly, we must support and strengthen the labor movement to ensure that workers have a say in their own economic futures. That’s why Bernie has been a strong supporter of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to organize and bargain collectively.
- Proposed a national $15 per hour minimum wage.
- Led the effort to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.
- Introduced the “Workplace Democracy Act” to strengthen the role of unions and the voices of working people on the job.
- As mayor of Burlington, was a strong collaborator with unions.
- Leading the fight in the Senate for a $15 an hour minimum wage and a union for fast food workers, and federal contract workers.