The Labor Wire
May 31, 2018
Washington often misses the big picture by focusing on narrow details, like the monthly jobs report due out tomorrow from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This month’s numbers will likely continue a trend of modest job growth dating back to the administration of President Barack Obama, which pundits say is a success.
Not so fast. We demand a robust program to create millions of jobs coupled with a $15 minimum wage, so regular working people can work hard to get ahead for a change.
Message of the Day – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
The monthly jobs reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have put the unemployment rate in the 4% range for months, which might sound rosy to some people.
Yet more than 1.3 million unemployed workers in America have been looking fruitlessly for work for more than six months, and 5 million workers are stuck in part-time jobs while looking for full-time work. Wages for too many of us have remained stubbornly low.
America’s working people demand better.
- We want federal and state legislation to lift the minimum wage to $15 an hour and index it to the median wage.
- We want new appointments to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to be committed to full employment, which has been a sidelined priority of the Federal Reserve for far too long, and we want full employment to be measured by the growth of real wages in line with productivity.
- We want budget and tax policies that prioritize full employment and good-paying jobs, including massive and sustained investments in America’s infrastructure.
The AFL‑CIO is committed to building power for a new set of economic rules so working people can earn rising pay and good benefits.