Democrats Support Increasing the Minimum Wage
In 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression, Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which set the federal minimum wage. The last time Congress voted to increase the federal minimum wage was in 2007 when Democrats were in control of Congress. Approximately 23 million Latinos or Hispanics work in the United States, that’s 16% of the US labor force. In 2011, 43.3% of Hispanics earned poverty level wages, compared to 36% of blacks and 23.4% of whites.
According to a report published by the Economic Policy Institute, of the workers that would be affected by increasing the federal minimum wage, 24.6% are Hispanic. An increase in the minimum wage would go a long way in improving the standard of living for Latino families across the United States. For too many Latino families working for a minimum wage this triggers some very difficult choices – like paying the utility bill or buying groceries.
While Democrats keep fighting to increase the minimum wage and put more money in the pockets of Latino families, Republicans are blocking an increase to the minimum wage and some even believe that we shouldn’t have a federal minimum wage at all. Republicans will tell you that raising the minimum wage will cause job losses. Not so. The truth is raising the minimum wage will actually help boost our economy and lift millions, including many Latinos, out of poverty.
Voting in November’s mid-term election has serious implications for millions of Latinos throughout the country. Latino families simply can’t afford to live under a Republican led Congress and this is one of the many reasons why.