Today, the U.S. House passed H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would increase the minimum wage over the next six years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2025. The bill passed 231-199 on a party line vote.
“The federal minimum wage hasn’t been increased by a penny in the last decade,” said CWA's Director of Legislation, Politics, and International Affairs Shane Larson. “Meanwhile, the cost of living has substantially increased for working people. For many, working 40 hours or more a week is not enough to support themselves and their families. Airline employees, call center workers, retail store employees and bank workers are among those who work full time for some of the most highly profitable corporations, but still earn poverty level wages.”
“Anyone who works full time deserves to earn a living wage so they can live with dignity and respect. It is time to raise the wages of these low income workers and ensure the economy works for everyone, instead of just those in the 1%,” Larson said. “CWA members are thankful that Democrats in the House passed this crucial legislation, and we will be on the front lines pushing the U.S. Senate to do the same.”