Rep. Miller, Sen. Harkin to Join Workers and Businesses to Announce Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joined by business leaders and workers, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) will hold a press conference tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. to announce the introduction of legislation that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25, then provide for automatic annual increases linked to changes in the cost of living. Miller and Harkin’s bill would also gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers—which currently stands at just $2.13 an hour—for the first time in more than 20 years.
Miller and Harkin will be joined by Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Andy Shallal, owner of several Washington-area restaurants; Amie Crawford, a Chicago fast-food worker; and Gregory Reynoso, a New York pizza delivery driver, to discuss why raising the minimum wage is good for both the economy and for working families.
The unveiling of the bill, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, comes three weeks after President Obama highlighted increasing the minimum wage in his State of the Union address. Rep. Louise Slaughter (25th Congressional District) is a Co-Sponsor of the bill.
Jim Bertolone, President of the Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO responds, “We’re trying to catch up to the 1968 federal minimum wage which would be $10.50 if adjusted with inflation. There are 19 states in the U.S. who have higher minimum wage rates that New York State.The United States has the lowest minimum wage of any country in the western hemisphere. This bill is long overdue and will help the economy… Raising the minimum wage reduces poverty and inequalty, and is consistent with American values”.
The press conference with Rep. Miller and Sen. Harkin will be held tomorrow at noon in the Senate HELP Committee Hearing Room, Senate Dirksen Office Building 430 in Washington D.C.
Jim Bertolone can be reached at (585) 263-2650 for comment and the district office for Rep. Louise Slaughter is (585) 232-4850