Bold Moves to Recognize the Dignity of Work
Catholic Social Teaching teaches that we must respect the dignity of work—the right to productive work, fair wages, collective bargaining and to economic initiative. Unfortunately, our current economy is far from one that respects the dignity of work and the way we all contribute to the common good. Our current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour keeps families in extreme poverty even if they are working full-time. The reality of today is a sharp contrast to when the minimum wage was first enacted and a single worker with a full-time job was able to modestly meet all the needs of their family and make mortgage payments on a home.
Thankfully, the “Raise the Wage Act” was introduced in the House and the Senate to increase the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020. It would also index the minimum wage to the median wage and phase out the tipped-worker minimum wage (currently $2.13/hour). This is a bold step in the right direction for economic policy that strengthens workers and families.
Our economy must serve people, not the other way around. NETWORK supports a package of bills designed to make sure the dignity of work is upheld and all workers are able to provide for their families and the common good. Send a message to your members of Congress today encouraging their support for pro-family and pro-worker policies.