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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Dec 6, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor released its November jobs report:

“Despite some encouraging numbers, the November jobs report offers little solace to the farmers and hard-working families who are struggling to stay above water with the costs of living rising and uncertainty surging. 

Dec 4, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the Trump Administration issued a final rule that increases onerous work requirements for hungry Americans relying on the lifeline of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and weakens states’ ability to provide food assistance in high-unemployment areas, and threatens the benefits of millions, including 688,000 within the first month: 

Nov 29, 2019 Press Release

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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

Nov 1, 2019 Press Release

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Oct 4, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor released its September jobs report:  

“The September jobs report is no consolation for the millions of Americans living under the growing toll of the GOP special interest agenda that continues to jeopardize their health and economic security.

Sep 6, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor issued its August jobs report:

"The August jobs report offers little comfort in an economy faltering under the Trump Administration’s reckless agenda to undermine the health, financial security and well-being of the American people.

Aug 2, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor issued its July jobs report:

“The July jobs report shows some encouraging news, but for the families across the nation working multiple jobs and struggling to make ends meet, the cost of living has surged, wages have stagnated and the GOP’s disastrous special interest agenda has left them behind.

Jul 23, 2019 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule to eliminate state flexibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would slash food assistance for at least 3 million people and jeopardize access to free school meals for 500,000 low-income students:

Jul 18, 2019 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 582, the Raise The Wage Act.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.  I thank the gentleman for yielding.  I thank him for his extraordinary leadership, historic, really, giving us this opportunity today to do something very special for the American people, for America's working families. 

Jul 5, 2019 Press Release

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