Rep. Miller Statement on Today’s Fast Food Worker Actions

Aug 29, 2013 Issues: Labor, Wages and Benefits

WASHINGTON – Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after fast food workers in cities all across the country walked off their jobs today demanding a living wage. Rep. Miller is the House author of The Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010) that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

“Today, I stand with workers across the country who are striving to build a better life for themselves and their families by fighting for a living wage. Those who work hard and play by the rules shouldn’t have to struggle to keep a roof over their head or put food on the table.

“Low pay not only harms the families forced to subsist on it, but it also holds back our recovery from the Great Recession. Better pay will put more money into local businesses and spur economic growth. That’s why a living wage is not about asking for a handout. Rather, it’s about valuing work. And it’s about growing the economy from the bottom up by increasing working families’ purchasing power. Americans on today's picket lines aren't just standing up for themselves - they are standing up for a stronger America."