Congress urged to ensure ‘fair and just wages’ for all workers

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July 30, 2015

People at a July 22 rally in New York City celebrate passage of a recommendation by the New York State Fast Food Wage Board that the minimum wage for fast-food workers be raised to $15 an hour. It would be raised in increments to $15 by 2018 in the city and by 2021 statewide. (CNS photo/Brendan McDermid, Reuters) See WAGES July 30, 2015.

People at a July 22 rally in New York City celebrate passage of a recommendation by the New York State Fast Food Wage Board that the minimum wage for fast-food workers be raised to $15 an hour. It would be raised in increments to $15 by 2018 in the city and by 2021 statewide. (CNS photo/Brendan McDermid, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Congress can promote the common good and contribute to a more just society by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability, said Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities USA, in a July 27 letter to Congress.

“An economy thrives only when it is centered on the dignity and well-being of the workers and families in it,” said the letter signed by Sister Markham and Archbishop Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“As pastors and service providers, we see every day the consequences when society fails to honor this priority,” they said, noting that the federal minimum wage does not support stability among low-wage workers and increases the demand for social services.

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