Friday, July 19, 2019
TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER SUPPORTS 'FIGHT FOR $15' AS HOUSE APPROVES FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE HIKE!!!
Kansas City, Missouri Representative Emmanuel Cleaver II has been a longtime supporter of the movement to raise the minimum wage since he spoke at the "Fight for $15" kick-off rally in front of Burger King so many years ago.
Locally, many biz leaders have voiced their opposition to the movement and threaten that the effort will actually hurt employment and the workers it seeks to help.
Sticky screen low-rent fast food Kiosk service has been continually touted as a workaround and we're still waiting on sex robot waitresses.
In the meantime and apropos for the start of payday . . . Here's a look at the statement from Kansas City's highest ranking elected official followed by more info from "many sides" of the issue:
Congressman Cleaver Votes To Raise The Federal Minimum Wage, Increase Pay For Up To 33 Million American Workers
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) voted in favor of H.R. 582, the Raise The Wage Act, a landmark bill to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. According to analysis from the Economic Policy Institute, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million Americans, including nearly 124,900 workers in the Fifth District of Missouri who would receive, on average, an additional $2,000 per year. The bill was passed by a vote of 231-199 and will now go to the Senate.
“Today is a great day for millions of American workers who have spent years working hard, playing by the rules, and trying to provide for their families on a wage that is simply unsustainable,” said Congressman Cleaver. “It is because of these workers and their fight for the dignity of a livable wage that we have reached this moment, and I couldn’t be more proud to support these workers in their quest for what is right and just.”
The federal minimum wage was last increased a decade ago in 2009—the longest stretch in history. Since that time, low-wage workers have suffered a 17 percent pay cut due to inflation. There is no county in America where a full-time worker making the federal minimum wage can afford the basic necessities for themselves and their families. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s review of a similar proposal, raising the minimum wage would lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty, including 600,000 children. The bill would also be a significant achievement for narrowing the gender wage gap that disproportionately impacts women of color, giving nearly 20 million working women a raise that they have earned and deserve.
Congressman Cleaver also recognizes the unique situation that individuals with disabilities and small business owners in rural areas face. He will continue to push for ways to assist rural areas and make improvements to Social Security Disability (SSDI) in order to avoid any unintended consequences to individuals receiving SSDI benefits.
“While this is a monumental moment for hard-working men and women across the nation, the fight is not over. These giant corporations will not give in easily,” Congressman Cleaver said. “They have the money and the power, but we have the people and the passion for justice. As long as we stand together, united against inequality and oppressive wages, I have no doubt we will win the fight for 15.”
Further reading . . .
CNN: House passes $15 minimum wage bill
Politico: House votes to raise minimum wage, uniting Dems after months-long struggle
CNBC: Business groups slam House for passing $15 minimum wage bill
Common Dreams: After House Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Bernie Sanders Demands McConnell Let Senate Vote
Biz Insider: A huge majority of Americans want a $15 minimum wage, but they waver after hearing its economic impact
You decide . . .