We Must Improve the Pay and Quality of Low-wage Jobs
On February 12, President Obama will share his agenda for the next four years in his State of the Union. On February 4, PolicyLink presented its policy agenda to build an equitable economy using principles that grow good jobs, build capacity, erase barriers, and expand opportunity. As the State of the Union nears, we will share our principles daily. We urge you to adopt and share these principles or suggest others.
For more principles and coverage of the February 4 event, go to Equity and the Future of the American Economy.
Improve the pay and quality of low-wage jobs. The federal government plays a critical role in setting employer standards for pay and benefits, but antiquated standards have contributed to declining wages for the lowest-wage workers. Raising the floor for the most vulnerable workers in terms of wages and health benefits, and strengthening unions can help build a bottom-up economy.