WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joined by business leaders and workers, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) will hold a press conference to announce the introduction of legislation that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25, then provide for automatic annual increases linked to changes in the cost of living. Miller and Harkin’s bill would also gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers—which currently stands at just $2.13 an hour—for the first time in more than 20 years, to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage.
Miller and Harkin will be joined by Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Andy Shallal, owner of several Washington-area restaurants; Amie Crawford, a Chicago fast-food worker; and Gregory Reynoso, a New York pizza delivery driver, to discuss why raising the minimum wage is good for both the economy and for working families.
The unveiling of the bill, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, comes three weeks after President Obama highlighted increasing the minimum wage in his State of the Union address.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman, Senate HELP Committee
Representative George Miller (D-CA), Ranking Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Andy Shallal, owner of Washington-area restaurants Busboys & Poets and Eatonville
Amie Crawford, Chicago fast-food worker
Gregory Reynoso, New York pizza delivery driver
WHAT: Unveiling of Miller-Harkin legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 12:00 noon EDT
WHERE: Senate HELP Committee Hearing Room, Senate Dirksen Office Building 430