The labor movement has come a long way since its inception in the 19th century, but many key labor issues are still at an impasse. Sanders believes that “the number one job of any politician in our country should be to raise the standard of living of American workers […] And that starts with raising wages.”
“In the current political climate,” Sanders adds, “there are only two ways for workers to win higher pay. Number one, we’ve got to increase the minimum wage. And second of all, we have got to build strong trade unions.” While politicians claim they want to help ‘Make America Great Again’ or bring jobs back to the country, Sanders says, “many politicians are doing everything they can to keep wages low and gut union rights.”
‘Congress Hasn’t Passed the Federal Minimum Wage in Eight Years’Labor unions and income inequality have always been among Sanders’ favorite issues to discuss. He’s continuing the trend, saying that “unions are the only way that working people have ever gotten ahead in this country. And today, unions are the only shot for workers to take back the country and fight back against corporate interests that have rigged the system against them.”
Sitting at $7.25, the federal minimum wage has not been increased since July 2009.
This Labor Day, Sanders wants all of us “coming together, organizing, and fighting for $15 and union rights.” He then plugs the ‘Fight for $15,’ the movement to get the minimum wage raised to $15 everywhere.