Ohioans are asking for what they call a “living wage”, as workers from across the Buckeye State and the nation participated in a “National Day of Action.”
Groups urged elected officials to support legislation aimed at giving workers more pay and better benefits. Those involved demanded to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
“No one in this country who works full-time should be forced to live in poverty,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said at press conference last week hosted to discuss worker wages. “Raising minimum wage would help grow the middle class and the economy.”
Brown is a co-sponsor of Congress’ Pay Workers a Living Wage Act, which would raise minimum wage to $15 by 2020 through gradual yearly raises.
According to a Purdue University study quoted by Brown during the press conference, raising minimum wage to $15 per hour would have minimal effects on typical minimum wage industries, and would raise the price of McDonald’s hamburger by a mere 17 cents.
“Trickle down has not worked,” the senator said. “Building from the bottom down or the middle out is what does work. It starts with paying workers a fair wage.”