For Immediate Release
Jasmine Nazarett (202) 637-5018
California Poised to Make History for Working People
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the California State Legislature introduction of a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour:
Millions of working people in California and across the nation want an economy that will raise wages for working people. The governor and legislative leaders have listened and are poised to make California the first state to implement a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The bill will improve the lives of nearly six million working people, about one third of the state’s workforce. This legislation shows the true power of working people when we stand together for change. We encourage California leaders to pass this legislation without delay and for all other states to have the same courage to stand with working people.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate. We are teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and laborers-and more.