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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

February 5, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Tim Ryan and Rep. Tom Reed Host Congressional Manufacturing Caucus Event

Rep. Tim Ryan and Rep. Tom Reed Hosting

Congressional Manufacturing Caucus Event

NAMII President Ralph Resnick Speaking at Event

What:                 Manufacturing Caucus Kick-Off Event

When:                 Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 10:00AM

Where:               B-318 Rayburn 

January 25, 2013 Press Release


Congressman Tim Ryan Meets with Phillips Manufacturing President and Union Leaders

(Warren, OH) This afternoon Congressman Tim Ryan met with Phillips Manufacturing President/CEO George Kubat, his management team, the United Steelworkers International and local union representatives with the intent to try to end the strike at Phillips Manufacturing in Niles.

January 19, 2013 Press Release

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Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Brookings Institution and Rockefeller Foundation

Announcement Regarding The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

January 11, 2013 Press Release


(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Tim Ryan voted in support of H.R. 4310, the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizing the nation’s annual military spending, including significant benefits for the 17th Congressional District. Congressman Ryan secured an amendment to the bill that will transfer seven acres of Army-owned land to the Village of Lordstown adjacent to the Ohio Commerce Center. The Village of Lordstown would receive the land at no cost with an understanding that the land always be used for public interests.

January 11, 2013 Press Release


RELEASE: Congressman Ryan and the Department of Labor Announce Trade Adjustment Assistance for GE Lighting in Warren


November 14, 2012 Press Release
Contact: Ryan Press Office

RELEASE: Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement on Mahoning and Trumbull Counties’ combined September unemployment rate of 7.4% - Down from 8.8% in September, 2011

October 4, 2012 Press Release


OCTOBER 4, 2012
Contact: Ryan Press Office

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces a USDA Loan for New Bazetta Township Fire Station

October 1, 2012 Press Release



Ryan, Brown Release New Report Outlining Investments and Jobs in Steel Pipe and Tube Since 2008 Across Northeast Ohio; Brown and Ryan Have Gone to Bat for Ohio Steelmakers in Cases Before the International Trade Commission

October 1, 2012 Press Release



OCTOBER 1, 2012
Contact: Ryan Press Office

Congressman Tim Ryan and Senator Sherrod Brown Highlighting Valley Steel Jobs Saved Through Trade Enforcement

September 28, 2012 In The News