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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

April 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to punish companies that needlessly offshore American jobs, the flow of federal contracts to major offshorers has continued steadily since Trump’s inauguration, according to a new report released today by Good Jobs Nation and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The report, titled “Trump’s First 100 Days: Federal Contracting with Corporate Offshorers Continues,” reveals that a majority of the largest U.S. government contractors ship jobs overseas.

Key findings of the study include:

April 24, 2017 Press Release

WARREN, OH —Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown convened a roundtable with northeast Ohio steelworkers at the USW Local 1375 Union Hall in Warren to hear from Ohio workers about unfair trade practices that have contributed to an enormous oversupply of steel production capacity and harmed Ohio workers. Ryan and Brown sought feedback as they look to work with President Trump on rolling back policies that have forced thousands of America’s steelworkers out of jobs and have compelled Ohio steel mills to idle or close. 

April 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today introduced the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act. This legislation would establish a commission under the General Services Administration (GSA), headed by the Administrator of the GSA and 10 other members that would study the relocation of select executive agencies or divisions of agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area. The Commission would identify new potential locations that are in economically distressed areas, or areas with expertise in the mission and goal of the agency.

April 19, 2017 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced a $187,000 project grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Youngstown State University’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Equipment Project. This project will equip a lab at Youngstown State University with state-of-the-art equipment to demonstrate and teach advanced techniques for using flexible automation (particularly co-robotics) to assist both traditional board-level electronics manufacturers as well as the integration of electronics into both conventional and hybrid 3D printed structures.

April 18, 2017 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today responded to reports from the Chicago Sun Times that the Trump Administration is planning to close the Chicago-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 office and consolidating it with Region 7 in Kansas. The Region 5 office has responsibility for local and state matters in Ohio as well as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The office also oversees the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

April 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to President Trump’s recent comments on U.S. – China relations.

April 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Sander Levin (D-MI), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the Currency Reform For Fair Trade Act. This bill takes aim at currency manipulators by enabling the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties to offset the impact of currency manipulation on a U.S. industry.

April 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan joined with 90 of his House Democratic colleagues to call on President Trump to fix failed trade policies with China. Throughout his campaign and his first months in office, President Trump pledged to the American people that he would correct our China trade policy and declared that this was essential to delivering on two other promises—to reduce our massive trade deficit and to ‘bring back’ American manufacturing jobs.

March 31, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today released the following statement  after President Trump’s signing of two executive orders on US Trade policy. His first order instructs his administration to examine the causes of US trade deficits with China and other major trading partners and report back to him within 90 days with possible actions to reduce these gaps.  The second order directs the Administration to enforce penalties against countries that break trade rules to gain an unfair advantage. 

March 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) announce the founding of the bipartisan Congressional Microbusiness Caucus.

The Small Business Administration considers microbusinesses to be any firm with one to nine employees. There are 3.7 million microbusinesses in the United States, providing 10.8 percent of private –sector jobs and making up 75.3 percent of all private-sector employers.