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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Sep 1, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 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 156,000 jobs in August:
 
“August’s jobs report shows that Americans still aren’t getting the bigger paychecks they deserve.  Hard-working men and women across America are being left behind by a Republican White House and Congress that have no jobs plan and have failed to demonstrate a true commitment to working families. 

Aug 30, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that it would end a federal rule requiring businesses to report information about pay disparities among genders, races and ethnic groups:

“The Trump Administration’s decision to stop monitoring wage discrimination is a deeply disturbing sign of this White House’s tolerance for inequality and injustice.  

Aug 24, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after President Trump issued two tweets on the debt ceiling this morning:

"With the White House, House and Senate under one party control, the American people expect and deserve a plan from Republicans to avert a catastrophic default and ensure the full faith and credit of the United States. With so much at risk for hard-working families, Republicans need to stop the chaos and sort themselves out in a hurry.”

Aug 14, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Ashley Etienne, 202-226-7616

Aug 7, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Ashley Etienne, 202-226-7616

Aug 4, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Ashley Etienne, 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 209,000 jobs in July:

"Hard-working Americans still aren't seeing the strong wages and good-paying jobs they deserve.  We need robust action to create good-paying jobs for everyone, everywhere in America. 

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today on the Floor of the House in opposition to the H.J. Res. 111, a Republican resolution to roll back consumer and service-member rights ensured by Dodd-Frank, which protect against abusive and deceptive practices in the financial marketplace.  The resolution passed  229-188.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

Jul 24, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616