Statements about Workers

"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"

"The median male worker in this country has not seen a raise, inflation adjusted, for 30 years, basically."

"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."

"A quarter of our workers make $18,000 per year."

Goodwill Industries International pays workers with disabilities wages as low as pennies per  hour.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act "discriminates against Christian daycare, Christian parents, Christian business owners, and the rights of religious freedom."

Under President Obama’s health-care reforms, the premium for "an average plan for a family didn't go down by $2,500 per year, it's gone up about $2,500 per year."

"One-third of all bank tellers (are) on public assistance."

"About 2 percent of Americans get paid the minimum wage."

The minimum wage "in real terms right now is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office."

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"Macy's sent a letter to Rick Perry urging him to veto" equal pay bill.

Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."

"On (the federal minimum wage of) $7.75, you can’t even make half the poverty level."

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