“This increase benefits many working families in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and we need to continue our efforts to pressure Congress to raise the minimum wage for all workers, including tipped workers.” said Johanna Hester, APALA National President. “It is important that we recognize the contributions of all workers from all sectors and begin investing in the entire American workforce.”
Too many working families are struggling to make ends and boosting pay for workers will help lower turnover rates, increase productivity, and help America’s economy grow. More than 30 million Americans would benefit if Congress acted swiftly and passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act.
"President Obama's Executive Order raising the minimum wage for Federal contracted workers is a step in the right direction,” said APALA National Executive Board Member Darren Shiroma, who was present for the signing. “Today, $7.25 is not enough to support working families, and workers need fair wages to recognize their contributions to their employer's bottom line. Congress must follow suit and raise the nation's minimum wage for all Americans.”