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 are working 50 or 60 hours a
week with no overtime pay. That is why Bernie is 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 USD947 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 USD15 per hour minimum wage.
- Led the effort to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to USD10.10 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 USD15 an hour minimum wage and a union for fast food workers, and federal contract workers.