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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

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:

August 7, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded today’s restart of the Warren Steel Holdings company. The company’s new production follows the successful efforts by Brown and Ryan to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to agree to a “Reasonable Arrangement” that would reduce energy costs for the company and enable it to remain competitive.

July 24, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauded a ruling by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that would help protect hundreds of Mahoning Valley jobs. PUCO agreed to a “Reasonable Arrangement” that will reduce energy costs for the Warren Steel Holdings company and enable it to remain competitive. The ruling follows Brown’s and Ryan’s efforts earlier this month to urge PUCO to take this action for the wellbeing of the Valley and its workers.

July 22, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Tim Ryan submitted written testimony to the International Trade Commission, urging them to uphold the Federal Trade Commission’s recent preliminary decision against illegal Korean dumping of OCTG goods.

July 15, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), and Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to take immediate actions that would expedite a ruling on the pensions of Delphi Salaried Retirees. In their letter to DOL Secretary Thomas Perez, the lawmakers called for the Secretary to intervene and ensure that the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) makes its final determination as soon as possible. Joining the Ohio lawmakers on their letter were U.S. Sens.

July 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement in response to the Commerce Department decision on the dumping of imports in certain Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) into the United States:

June 12, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced $10 million in funding to create an additive manufacturing innovation research program based at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The program will equip the United States Air Force with the technology and expertise to use 3D printing and other emerging manufacturing techniques to fabricate low-volume replacement parts for weapons systems at a lower cost than can be achieved through current defense procurement processes.

May 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to the Senate confirmation of former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the Department of Commerce: