The Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage

Michael Shields, Researcher for Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 14 to speak about underpaid workers.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerShields said that raising the minimum wage to $13 per hour would help 1.4 million working Ohioans. He explained how some jobs do not pay workers nearly enough, and the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some employers to increase pay. He then said that three out of five people who would benefit from this increase are women. The minimum wage increase would help narrow the wage gap by raising wages, not pushing them down. Lastly, Shields discussed how the pandemic is affecting workers and unemployment. He explained that the pandemic is causing issues with unemployment and has displaced a large number of workers.

UAW United Auto WorkersJosh Nassar, Legislative Coordinator of the United Auto Workers spoke about the COVID-19 pandemic affecting frontline workers. Nassar explained why he believes that frontline workers should be receiving Heroes Act. He continued by saying that frontline workers need more protection as they are at a higher risk of exposure and deserve to be compensated. Nassar also spoke about unemployment and how it is penalising some workers for not working when they do not feel like it is safe enough to do so.

AWF host Ed ‘Flash” Ferenc spoke about the possibility of the next stimulus fund, which could be upwards of $3 trillion.


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