Statements about Workers

In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

Says Gov. Scott Walker’s repeal of a 2009 law has left Wisconsin as "one of five states without an equal pay law protecting women from gender discrimination in their paycheck."

"A grant for $5,000 [from the Governor’s Workforce Board] went to teach an employee at a company that makes ornamental business card holders how to use Facebook and Twitter."

Says he was the only statewide elected official to speak in favor of a federal guest worker plan at the 2012 Republican Party of Texas convention.

Says 21 million people "still suffer slavery today."

"In 1968, a full-time worker earning minimum wage, could actually support a family of three above the poverty line. Today, that same worker would earn less than the poverty line for a family of two."

"There are 4.7 percent of Virginians who are minimum wage earners who are over 25 years of age working full-time and trying to raise a family."

"Most folks’ wages haven’t gone up in over a decade."  

A Congressional Budget Office report says President Barack Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers "will cost the economy 500,000 jobs."

"Seventy percent of all uninsured live in households in which at least one person is working."

"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."

"Social Security was advocated … in the 1930s as a way of getting people to quit working, because they thought we were confined to a permanent scarcity of jobs in this country."

"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."

"If you have a union job, you're making on average $950 a week. If you have a non-union job, you're making $750 a week."

"The federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan" gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.

Monica Wehby and Jason Conger are "causing devastating consequences" for nearly 23,000 Oregonians looking for work.

"The largest enterprise in the world is the federal government of the United States of America"

"If you have a job in this country, (there's a) 97 percent chance that you're not going to be in poverty."

"Unemployment insurance kept more than 620,000 children out of poverty in 2012."

"There are many studies that indicate" that the longer people get unemployment insurance, "it provides some disincentive to work."

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