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Bernie Sanders Going To The South To Make $17-An-Hour Minimum Wage Pitch

May 30, 2023

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) plans to take his pitch to raise the federal minimum wage to $17 hours down south. Sanders has three events scheduled this week where he will tout the new fight for a $17 hourly minimum wage.

The events will take place in Durham, North Carolina on Thursday, June 1; Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, June 2; and Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, June 3.

“At a time of massive and growing income and wealth inequality and record-breaking corporate profits, we must stand up for working families — many of whom are struggling every day to provide a minimal standard of living for their families,” Sanders said on Monday, May 29, according to Common Dreams.

“There are too many Americans trying to survive and raise families on $9, $10, or $12 an hour. It cannot be done. This injustice must end,” he added. “Low-income workers need a pay raise and the American people want them to get that raise.”

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009. 


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