A great day reading to the students in Pre-K in District 100. I read them “Pete the Cat”. I LOVE reading!
A Labor Day to all of you. I was honored to spend Labor Day with my fellow union folks at the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council picnic.
With Jen D. Rafanan at the Labor Day Picnic
At the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council Picnic
With Dewey McClain, Senator Nan Grogan Orrock and Eric Robertson at E. T. Michael Recreation Center.
It was great to be a guest at the Bangladesh Independence Day Observation Program at Lucky Shoal Park on March 6, 2015 and be with all the great folks who are members of this organization.
This session I have introduced HB 8, a minimum wage bill to the Georgia House of Representatives. HB 8 would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour which would benefit all of Georgia’s working families.
A $15 minimum wage won’t break the economy. In fact, it will put money back into the economy. How can the economy grow if people can’t afford to purchase anything?
Unfortunately, HB 8 isn’t even getting a hearing because it is being held hostage by House Industry and Labor Committee Chairman Mark Hamilton. Don’t you think this bill deserves a fair hearing? Please contact Chairman Mark Hamilton and the other committee members and tell them it’s time to get the conversation going. Tell them you want them to have a hearing on HB 8. Here is all the contact information for the House Industry and Labor Committee. Here is a link to HB 8
The 2015 Georgia State Assembly session will start in the beginning of January. In preparation, I and State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), have prefiled a bill which, if passed, would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Our bill, House Bill 8, provides for annual minimum wage increases to match the rising cost of living and would eliminate various eligibility exemptions from the minimum wage law.
I don’t feel anybody can survive on the current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. In fact, $15 an hour is still almost a poverty wage. At $15, a worker would only gross approximately $31,000 a year and net $20,000 or less annually.
I know I have the support of my fellow Democrats for this bill. The big challenge will be convincing the Republicans to support the increase. In all honesty, could any of them live on that wage?
With Neil of IATSE at the Workers Action on Walmart