WASHINGTON, DC. (Tháng sáu 25, 2013)—A discussion of workers’ wages is a good starting point for fixing the U.S. economy, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development in testimony, Tháng sáu 25, before the Senate Health, Giáo dục, Labor and Pensions Committee. The committee’s hearing was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which codified the national minimum wage for the first time.
“We can begin the process of fixing our economy by returning the worker to the center of economic life,” Giám mục Stephen E nói. Blaire của Stockton, California, in his testimony. “One of the best ways to do that is with decent jobs that pay just wages, thereby honoring human dignity and restoring hope to workers and families. Increasing the minimum wage to a level that reflects the real economic reality faced by families today would go far in building an economy worthy of the humans that operate in it.”
Bishop Blaire said the Working Poor Families Project recently reported that there were 10.4 million low-income working families in 2011, bao gồm 23.5 million children. “Work should be a ladder out of poverty for families, it should not trap them in poverty,” said Bishop Blaire. “Yet this is where we find ourselves – a growing number of families are working but do not make enough to live in dignity. It is a scandal that the richest country world has allowed over 23 million children in working poor families to become the norm.”
Bishop Blaire cited statistics from the Congressional Budget Office, which reported last year that the average income of the wealthiest one percent of Americans has increased 275 percent over the last 30 năm. The income of the poorest 20 phần trăm, on average, increased by less than 20 phần trăm, despite an increase in worker productivity over the same time.
Bishop Blaire quoted Catholic teaching from Popes Leo XIII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, on the rights and dignity of workers. “A just wage confirms the dignity of the worker,” said Bishop Blaire. “And conversely, a wage that does not even allow a worker to support a family or meet basic human needs tears her down and demeans her dignity. The worker becomes just another commodity.”
More information on the hearing and Bishop Blaire’s testimony is available online: www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=6edc1440-5056-a032-52fa-28728f8b3947
NGÀY: Tháng sáu 25, 2013
TỪ: Don Clemmer
Từ khóa: Giám mục Stephen E. Blaire, minimum wage, HOA KỲ. Thượng viện, Health, Giáo dục, Labor and Pensions Committee, Trong nước công lý và phát triển con người, USCCB, HOA KỲ. Giám mục, HOA KỲ. Hội nghị giám mục công giáo
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