Don’t trap people in poverty

Last week I joined workers, advocates, elected officials and President Obama as he signed an Executive Order ensuring that federally contracted workers will earn a better wage. Now, all employers with government contracts must pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour.

We worked hard with these brave workers to make sure the president leads by example.

It was a special moment for me and for our allies in the room. Together we worked hard with these brave workers to make sure the president leads by example.

The Executive Order is a big victory for the two million federal contract workers, but as people of faith we must continue to work for a family living wage. We need local, state and federal officials to follow the president’s lead and make sure our neighbors earn just wages upon which they can live and support their loved ones.

No unjust wage

We need to make sure that no worker will suffer the indignity of poverty with an unjust wage. Too many workers in low-wage jobs are forced to rely on public assistance and charity to supplement their full-time pay.

It's unacceptable and immoral to work full time and still not be afforded a just wage.

After a long shift cleaning buildings, no mother should have to wait in line at a food pantry just to provide for her children.

No farm worker who toils all day should lack a roof over his head at night.

Don’t trap people in poverty

There is just no way we can sustain our communities and the economy with wages that trap people in poverty.

Our neighbors and communities deserve better, and it's time elected officials start representing their most vulnerable constituents!

As people of faith, we believe in the inherent value of work and of all workers. Together, let us demand that all workers be paid a living wage.

Editor's note: The Rev. Michael Livingston is National Policy Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, which has been a leader in the fight for economic and worker justice in the United States since 1996.

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