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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May 26, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on House Republicans’ plans to sue to block remote voting by proxy:
 
“House Republicans’ sad stunt shows that their only focus is to delay and obstruct urgently-needed action to meet the needs of American workers and families during the coronavirus crisis.
 
May 21, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after the weekly initial unemployment claims report showed that 2.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing the nine-week total to 38.6 million Americans:
 
“Nearly 40 million Americans have now lost their jobs due to coronavirus, yet Leader McConnell tells them to just ‘take a pause.’
 
May 18, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement calling on Veritas Investments, one of San Francisco’s largest corporate landlords, controlling more than $3 billion in assets, to return its $3.6 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan:

May 15, 2020 Press Release

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May 14, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after the weekly initial unemployment claims report showed that nearly 3 million more Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing the eight-week total to nearly 36 million Americans:
 
May 13, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell restated his support for Congress to pass additional, urgent economic relief:
 
“The American people and experts agree that we must ‘Think Big’ to protect lives and livelihoods during the coronavirus crisis.  Not acting is the most expensive course.
 
May 11, 2020 Press Release

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May 9, 2020 Press Release

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May 8, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor released its April jobs report, showing 20.5 million jobs lost and the unemployment rate reached 14.7 percent:

“Our nation is in the midst of an historic health and economic crisis, and even this record-shattering April jobs report understates the suffering in our nation today.  The dire job losses show the urgent need for a bold CARES 2 package that is equal to the crisis gripping the American people.