WASHINGTON, D.C. – As workers in Ohio and across the county participate in a “National Day of Action” today to urge elected officials to support higher wages and better benefits, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will call for passage of legislation that would support workers and promote economic opportunity for all Americans by raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. During a news conference call today, Brown will be joined by a home health care worker from Cleveland who earns $8.50 per hour without benefits or paid leave.
Brown is a cosponsor of the Pay Workers a Living Wage Act, which would phase in a $15 minimum wage by 2020 over five gradual raises. After 2020, the minimum wage would be indexed to the median hourly wage and the tipped minimum wage would be gradually eliminated.
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