President Biden asked Americans to thank retail workers during the holiday season and vowed to continue to fight for a $15/hour minimum wage.
Biden’s account tweeted:
Supporting working people is how we continue to build the economy from the bottom up and middle out.
I will also continue fighting for the PRO Act to help workers unionize, and achieve a $15 minimum wage.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 25, 2022
President Biden has walked the walk when it comes to supporting working people. With Republicans set to hold a slim majority in the House just after the new year, the fight for fifteen may have to wait until after the 2024 election.
Biden’s priorities are with working people, and even though we are not dealing with the height of the pandemic anymore, we should always remember to thank retail workers, from those who are there working so that Americans can shop on Black Friday to the warehouse workers at Amazon and other online retailers who pick and pack orders to make sure that they arrive at our doors in time for Christmas.
Retail workers are some of the lowest-paid workers in the US economy. The vast majority of retail workers make less than $15/hour, and many make less than $10/hour, so when the President mentioned thanking retail workers and raising the minimum wage, he is speaking to a group of workers who are underpaid for the work that they are doing.
Calling retail workers essential workers is nice, but if would be even better if their pay matched their importance to the economy.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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