Statements about Workers

"The average person who gets the minimum wage in America is 35 years old."

Says Rick Scott’s record on jobs includes Florida "ranked 2nd in the nation in long-term unemployment."

"In Rhode Island today, 25 percent of our households either don't have a bank account at all, or they have a bank account and they're still relying on high-cost financial services like payday loans, pawn shop check cashing and so on."

"Typical minimum wage earners in America are teenagers living with their parents in middle class families."

"Pregnant women who stand for five to six hours at a time increase their risk of pre-term pregnancy by 80 percent."

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.

Women "are still paid 82 cents for every dollar a man earns in Texas."

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."

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