Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Jobs and Economic Justice

Congresswoman Pelosi joins Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Mayor Ed Lee and Bay Area Representatives Jackie Speier, Mike Honda and Jared Huffman at the Department of Labor’s San Francisco Forum on Working Families to highlight Democrats’ plan to build an economy that works for everyone by raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing fair pay for women, and creating good-paying jobs for the middle class.

Since 2010, the economy has added over 15 million private sector jobs. However, it is clear that Congress must do more to create good-paying jobs and increase the paychecks of hard-working Americans. To continue moving our economy forward, we must secure our country’s future with a secure financial future for all so that hardworking families can buy a home, send their children to college and save for retirement.

American workers drive our nation’s success and deserve an economy that works for them. We need middle-class economics, not the failed trickle-down economics that drove our economy into a ditch as House Republicans continue to stack the deck for the wealthy. We must raise the federal minimum wage, extend overtime pay, secure collective bargaining rights and the right to organize in the workplace, protect workers from discrimination and ensure equal pay for equal work.

It is a point of great pride that our State and our City are leading the nation by enacting laws to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. However, the federal minimum wage has been frozen at $7.25 for nearly seven years and has not been raised since Democrats were in the majority. Now is the time to boost the wages of the 25 million workers across the country who are still waiting for a long-overdue pay raise.

I strongly support President Obama’s transformative final overtime rule that will give more than four million Americans the higher pay their hard work deserves and reaffirm the 40-hour work week that is the cornerstone of middle-class America. 

Workers’ rights are essential to the health and strength of the American people and serve as the foundation of the middle class. Yet, in the courts, in the states, and in the Congress, we see powerful interests trying to undermine the right to organize. It is long past time for Congress to adopt workplace policies that preserve unions’ ability to maintain a strong voice on behalf of workers.

More than half a century after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act, full-time working women earn just 80 cents, on average, for every dollar a man earns. I am committed to making pay equity the law of the land so that women and men get equal pay for equal work. The existing legal tools available to remedy gender-based pay discrimination are not enough, which is why I am proud to support immediate passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act along with every House Democrat to close the yearly gap of $10,470 in wages between full-time working men and women.

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Feb 3, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added a total of 227,000 jobs in January, while wages rose by 2.5 percent over the last year.  With 237,000 private sector jobs being added in January, the economy has added a total of 16 million private sector jobs since early 2010.

Jan 23, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the President Trump signed an executive order making it clear that the U.S. will not continue to pursue membership in TPP:

Jan 6, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added a total of 156,000 jobs in December.  With 144,000 private sector jobs being added in December, the economy has added a total of 15.8 million private sector jobs since early 2010.

“The economy continues to move forward, but December’s jobs report reiterates the need for Congress to come together and take bold action to create more good-paying jobs.

Dec 8, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement on reports that Andy Puzder will be nominated to serve as Labor Secretary:

“American families need a Labor Department that stands up for workers’ wages, retirement security and safety, not one focused on reducing their pay.  Andy Puzder has a long record of fighting against the wages of working families.   

Dec 2, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added a total of 178,000 jobs in November, with the unemployment rate falling to 4.6  percent, the lowest unemployment rate August 2007.  With 156,000 private sector jobs being added in November, the economy has added a total of 15.6 million private sector jobs since early 2010.

Nov 4, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added a total of 161,000 jobs in October, with the unemployment rate falling to 4.9 percent.  With 142,000 private sector jobs being added in October, the economy has added a total of 15.5 million private sector jobs since early 2010. 

Oct 7, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added a total of 156,000 jobs in September, with 167,000 private sector jobs being added in the month.  The economy has added a total of 15.3 million private sector jobs since early 2010. 

Sep 13, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the House Financial Services Committee held a markup on the so-called “Financial Choice Act,” a bill that would eviscerate the Dodd-Frank Act’s historic Wall Street and consumer protection reforms.  House Democrats on the Financial Services Committee were unanimous in opposition to the bill.

Sep 13, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the 2015 U.S. Census Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance report: 

Sep 8, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today.  Below is a transcript of the press conference.  

Leader Pelosi.  Good afternoon everyone.  As maybe some of you know, today House and Senate Democrats were joined by Vice President Biden on the steps of the Capitol.  We came together to call the Republican Congress to stop putting their special interest agenda ahead of the action to protect the American people.