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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

January 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan is today announcing a federal investment of over $750,000 to assist residents of public housing and voucher-assisted housing. This assistance, provided to Akron, Ravenna, Warren, and Youngstown public housing authorities, is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), and is part of more than $79 million provided to housing authorities across the country.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of the renegotiated NAFTA, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Northeast Ohio has been devastated by trade agreements that made it easier and cheaper to ship American jobs overseas, and Ryan came to Washington campaigning on the need to renegotiate NAFTA. From the start, Ryan made clear that any new agreement must prioritize workers’ rights and freedoms, include substantive provisions to end outsourcing incentives, and strengthen enforcement mechanisms. This is the first trade agreement Ryan has voted for in his career.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of Fiscal Year 2020 Domestic Appropriations Package (H.R. 1865), which contained the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education; Agriculture; Energy and Water Development; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch; Military Construction-Veterans Affairs; State-Foreign Operations; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bills. Congressman Ryan has served on the House Appropriations Committee since 2006 and currently serves as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. 

November 22, 2019 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged VA Secretary Robert Wilke to pay prevailing wages for all construction workers building the new VA Clinic in Youngstown. In a letter to Secretary Wilke, Congressman Ryan advocates for prevailing wages to be paid on all contracts related to the clinic and seeks assurance that the David-Bacon act is being fully applied.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen Tim Ryan (OH-13) and David Trone (MD-6) today introduced legislation to strengthen worker protections. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

November 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen Tim Ryan (OH-13) and David Trone (MD-6) to introduce legislation to strengthen worker protections. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are introducing the companion bill in the Senate.

November 7, 2019 Press Release

Lordstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement regarding Lordstown Motors Corporation, an electric-truck startup, acquiring the Lordstown plant from General Motors (GM):

October 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today helped protect American workers from outsourcing. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3624, the Outsourcing Accountability Act which requires public companies to disclose the number of employees they have in each state, territory and foreign country – as well as the percentage change from the previous year. Currently, public companies must disclose their total number of employees, but they are not required to disclose where those employees are geographically located.

October 17, 2019 Press Release

Lordstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement regarding General Motors’ announcement that the proposed tentative agreement between GM and the UAW would officially end General Motors’ presence in the Mahoning Valley.

October 9, 2019 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced an $836,332 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant to Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC). The project will establish the Tri-State Gateway to Growth Training Center in Steubenville, OH to serve a 12-county region in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.