Big wins for working families across the U.S.

Posted on 30 Jun, 15 by Daniel Goldberg

This week, we saw just how powerful our collective voice can be when it comes to making progressive change happen.

Yesterday, New York City's Rent Guidelines Board voted 7-to-2 for a rent freeze—a decision that will help even the playing field for more than one million working class tenants. Mayor de Blasio also signed legislation protecting car wash workers from wage theft and making sure that New Yorkers re-entering the workforce from prison can have a real second chance, prohibiting inquiry into a job candidate's criminal record.

And in New York State, a wage board said the minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York should be raised substantially, meaning we could see the $15 minimum wage outlined in our Agenda.

And the good news for American workers goes beyond New York. Atlanta passed paid family leave for all city employees, and Obama is finalizing a new overtime rule that would affect up to 5 million workers by raising the threshold for overtime from $23,660 to $50,440.

This week we saw that the momentum is on our side, and our elected officials are taking note. But there's a lot left to fight for before our agenda becomes real policy in all 50 states.

Add your name to send the message that now is the time for progressive action to tackle income inequality.

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