|Posted:||January 30, 2019 10:44 AM|
|From:||Representative Patty Kim and Rep. Christopher M. Rabb|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||One Fair Wage|
|Imagine the immense responsibility of the worker that cares for our elderly parents and grandparents, or the dedicated person that cares for your child while you’re at work. We entrust these hard working people to comfort crying babies, watch over our seniors suffering from dementia, and assist students with learning or physical disabilities.
These types of jobs are incredibly rewarding, but can also be very stressful and demanding because of the importance of their duties. Sadly, too many people in these careers do not earn a living wage. They have the backs of our families every day, so we need to make it a point to have theirs.
This is why we intend to introduce a bill to raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour. The wage will continue to increase each year until it reaches $15 per hour and then will be tied to the consumer price index. In addition, our bill would set the tipped wage to the same level - ensuring all workers get paid a living wage.
While tipping coupled with the tipped wage remains current practice in the United States, it has created a system of unfair pay that disproportionately affects women and people of color—a system that has roots in America’s ugly history of slavery and racial discrimination. Additionally, a tipped wage system promotes the objectification of workers, as people in these careers experience sexual harassment at rates five times higher than the national average because they endure inappropriate gestures, comments, and touching to make a living.
The bill will also provide for the following important changes:
Introduced as HB1215