With corporate profits at a record high and the value of wages substantially falling, President Obama calls for a raise in the federal minimum wage. Thirty states are considering legislation to raise the minimum wage. Leading Democrats introduced a bill in the Senate to hike the minimum wage, which is opposed by congressional Republicans and some conservative Democrats. In addition to hailing the salary-rise proposals as a positive step, experts comment about President Obama’s executive measures that allow women to get equal pay for equal jobs.
Guests: President Barack Obama, The White House, www.whitehouse.gov (audio bite); Hector Sanchez, Executive Director the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), Washington, DC, www.lclaa.org , www.nationalhispanicleadership.org ; Alicia Criado, Field Coordinator, Economic and Employment Policy Project, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Washington, DC, www.nclr.org
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