08.28.13

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Stands Low-Wage Workers in the East Bay and Across the Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2013
Contact:  Katherine Jolly (510) 763-0370

 
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement today in support of low-wage fast food and retail workers who participated in a nationwide walkout- for job protections and fair wages:

“I applaud the courageous action taken by thousands of workers around the country today by participating in the walkout for job protection and fair wages.

“To re-build our economy and expand the middle class we need to put more money into the pockets of workers in fast-growing, low-wage jobs by creating a living wage.  Our goal cannot simply be to increase the minimum wage, but rather, establish a living wage, with the dignity of benefits to achieve a good standard of living to afford the basics while working one full time job.

“A living wage will increase the quality of life for low wage earning families and will lift our entire economy.

“I am proud to support the workers striking today for a living wage, and I will continue to fight to make sure families receive the fair wages they deserve.”

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of both the Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the newly formed Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.