Ralph Nader: 30 Million Workers Would Benefit From Raising Minimum Wage to 1968 Level

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
Democracy Now! / Video Report
Published: Friday 15 June 2012
Low-wage workers now make far less than they did four decades ago. Last week Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. introduced The Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012.

In 2008, Barack Obama pledged to raise the minimum wage every year once elected, but the hourly rate of $7.25 hasn't increased since 2007. Low-wage workers now make far less than they did four decades ago. Last week Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. introduced The Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012. It draws its name from the idea that the federal minimum wage would be $10.55 an hour now if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. While the bill has about 20 co-sponsors so far President Obama has yet to endorse it. We speak to longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader.



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2 comments on "Ralph Nader: 30 Million Workers Would Benefit From Raising Minimum Wage to 1968 Level"

oldhat

June 15, 2012 1:15pm

demoncrats think raising pay to 15 million and having another 15 million laid off is a good idea

Jeffrey Hill

June 15, 2012 12:35pm

Rethugs embrace the lifelong unpaid internship for workers as well as zero taxes on their corporate employers and corporate welfare/taxpayer subsidies for creating these lifelong unpaid internships