Rank-and-file workers across the nation are fighting for a living wage, including in Wisconsin. Recently, Ar Xiong and Jared Manderfield, two SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin union members at Gundersen Health Systems, met with Representative Ron Kind to call on his support for the Raise the Wage Act. The Raise the Wage Act would improve the lives of working families and improve the economy by gradually raising the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2024. Ar and Jared discussed with Representative Kind how raising the minimum wage would positively impact workers at Gundersen Health Systems and in the La Crosse, WI community.
Jared Manderfield says, “I’m hopeful that we will get the change that we need. The federal minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2009. I think the minimum wage needs to increase so families can go back to living the American Dream, not just fantasizing about it.”
To learn more about the Raise the Wage Act and the campaign to fight for a living wage, click here: https://www.epi.org/publication/why-america-needs-a-15-minimum-wage/