Strong safety net programs that support families moving from poverty toward economic self sufficiency.
Raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour by 2014; raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to $6.85 over five years, fixing it to 70 % of the full minimum wage; and ensure both adjust automatically each year to reflect the rising cost of living.
Expanded work/income supports including low-income child care, earned income tax credits, welfare programs that emphasize education and training, protections for immigrant families.
Unemployment insurance policies that protect low-wage workers, part-time and temp workers, and workers who lose jobs due to family care responsibilities, and the long-term employed.
“I worked for an employer who didn’t provide earned sick leave. I was forced to go to work sick. Since I wasn’t able to stay at home and recuperate it took me a lot longer to get well. Unfortunately, my younger children would then get sick and my older daughters had to stay home from school so I could go to work. I couldn’t afford not to get paid. Not only did this affect my daughters’ school attendance, but it put me in a position that no responsible parent wants to ever be in.” --Latosha, Atlanta