Fighting for a Living Wage

During the past four decades, our nation has shifted from a manufacturing economy to a predominantly service-based economy. The result is that companies require fewer middle-class workers, forcing many into lower-paid positions. Further, wages have remained stagnant. Taking into account inflation , the cost of living has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels; many can no longer afford to live in the communities they serve, forcing them to abandon their communities or endure longer, more expensive commutes. This problem is particularly acute in New York’s Third Congressional District, where the rising cost of transportation has placed an unsustainable burden on families. Our workers are owed and deserve a better standard of living: they need a living wage.10 11 12  I will sponsor legislation that gives workers a hand up instead of corporations another handout.