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Helping Working Families

Standing Up for Workers and Working Families

Over the last 20 years, the gap between the wealthy and the middle class has grown significantly.  Families who were once comfortably in the middle class are now struggling to cope with record high prices for food, food and health care – while also providing a decent future for their families and children. A strong economy is the single most important factor in making the American Dream possible. I am proud to support legislation that stands with workers and working families and helps to alleviate the challenges they face.

Raising the Minimum Wage

In the United States, everyone should be able to access basic necessities like food and shelter. However, the current federal minimum wage is too low to adequately support someone working hard to make ends meet. At $7.25 an hour, the minimum wage pays only $15,000 per year, placing a family of three thousands of dollars below the poverty line. For hardworking Americans seeking economic security for themselves and their families, this is simply not good enough.

That is why I support raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. It can be very difficult to raise a family in this economy, and hardworking Americans deserve to be properly compensated. This bill is a step in the right direction.

Closing the Wage Gap

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women in the United States are paid on average just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In 2009, I was proud to vote for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and watch President Obama sign it into law. This important legislation clarified that pay discrimination constitutes a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As long as workers file their lawsuit within 180 days of receiving a discriminatory paycheck, their charges would still be considered timely.

Further, I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill aims to eliminate the gender wage gap by allowing women to collect punitive as well as compensatory damages for pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act also offers negotiation skills training to women and girls as well as resources to small businesses to promote pay equity in the workplace. Paycheck fairness is not only good for women, but also good for the economic security of American families.

Improving Family and Medical Leave

In this economic climate, no one should have to worry about losing his or her job due to family obligations or medical necessity. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 was passed to allow employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period to care for a family member, newborn, newly-adopted child, or newly-placed foster child. While this landmark legislation made great strides to help families during difficult and joyous times, we still have a long way to go to improve protected leave.

That is why I am a cosponsor the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a bill that extends the legacy of the FMLA through 12 weeks of paid leave. I am also a cosponsor of the Healthy Families Act, which permits employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Hardworking Americans should not have to choose between their health or the health of a family member and their paycheck.

Protecting the Workplace Rights of Pregnant Women

Women make up nearly half of the American workforce, yet their job security is often threatened when they become pregnant.  As a husband and father, I am proud to cosponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill making it unlawful to force pregnant women out of the workplace or deny them reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue providing for their families.  

More on Helping Working Families

December 2, 2014 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to reports that House Republicans’ year-end tax proposal will not extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), which helped struggling American families pay their health bills, including many of the more than 20,000 Delphi salaried retirees whose pensions were terminated during the auto industry rescue and subsequently turned over to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC).

November 26, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan today applauded the U.S. Commerce Department’s preliminary finding that tires manufactured in China and sold in the United States are being subsidized by the Chinese government, leading to the loss of thousands of good-paying jobs for American tire workers. In a letter sent last week with twenty-five of his Congressional colleagues, Congressman Ryan urged U.S.

November 24, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Mike Turner (R-OH) sent a bipartisan letter to House Leadership reaffirming their strong support for the passage of an extension of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) as part of a year-end tax extenders bill before the 113th Congress adjourns for the year.  

The HCTC helps struggling American families pay their health bills, including thousands of Delphi Salaried Retirees whose pensions were terminated during the GM rescue and subsequently turned over to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

November 12, 2014 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced that Youngstown Chaney STEM/VPN Campus has been selected to receive a grant from Apple that will provide: every student, teacher and administrator with an iPad; every teacher and administrator with an iMac computer; every classroom with an Apple TV; Apple software to support creativity and productivity; and access to a dedicated Apple team to provide ongoing professional development and support.

September 25, 2014 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today is announcing  $3 million for the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) to renovate a fifth building on the YBI’s Tech Block Campus. The new facility will allow the YBI to double its expected economic impact on the region and continue to capitalize on the entrepreneurial growth potential of America Makes. The YBI anticipates the creation of 80 new jobs because of this funding.

September 25, 2014 Press Release

Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today is announcing $2.5 million in federal funds for the construction of the Bits and Atoms Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio. The Bits and Atoms Innovation Center will be an acceleration/incubator hybrid and will consist of technology-rich collaborative workspaces to foster collaboration and opportunities for Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs. The Bits and Atoms Center anticipates the creation 65 new jobs.

September 17, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement of congratulations to the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), which was ranked by the UBI Index of Stockholm Sweden as the #1 University Affiliated Incubator in the World:

September 11, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – At the invitation of Congressman Tim Ryan, Juanita Pasley, Executive Director of the United Methodist Community Center, briefed the House Manufacturing Caucus yesterday on the work being done to help veterans of both Mahoning and Trumbull Counties secure employment. As part of the caucus panel titled Putting Our Veterans to Work in Manufacturing, Pasley pointed out that there are more than 43,500 veterans who live in the Youngstown-Warren area, and over 24,000 of those are under the age of 64, providing a good base for potential employers.

September 3, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing today a $124,429 grant to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation from The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The CDFI fund provides support to expand financial products and services that will be available to the Youngstown area and will help our area achieve long term neighborhood sustainability.

September 3, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement in response to the International Trade Commission ruling on the dumping of imports in certain Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) into the United States:

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