When major economic policies like the minimum wage are debated in Washington, the conversation tends to get bogged down in complex numbers and political jargon. Unfortunately, what gets lost in the process are the personal stories — the real-life struggles of people earning minimum wage and the impact an increase would have on their lives.
That’s why Seth Harris, the Acting US Secretary of Labor came to Boston last week — to hear directly from area workers dealing with these issues every day so that he can carry their voices back to Capitol Hill. Harris listened as more than a dozen parents and grandparents described the challenges of making ends meet on minimum wage, and the real benefit their families would see from improved wages. An estimated 234,000 Bay State workers would be impacted by the president’s proposed increase to $9/hour — and the hour-long conversation certainly drove home the need for immediate action.
Check out this video to hear first-hand worker testimony on why it’s so important that we raise the minimum wage now: