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Texas Delegate: ‘A Low Wage Economy Doesn’t Work’

September 23, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president on a pro-jobs platform, boasting that the Lone Star state has created more than jobs than anywhere else in the United States.

But Houston Local 716 Vice President E. Dale Wortham says Perry’s record isn’t anything to crow about:

The jobs Perry has produced are all low-paying, minimum wage, service-sector jobs. They aren’t the kind of jobs that can actually drive the economy.

Wortham, who spoke on the 38th International Convention floor in support of a resolution calling for strengthening the minimum wage, has family members who know firsthand the struggles faced by low-wage workers. His sister, a single mother, works two restaurant jobs:

With two minimum wage jobs, the childcare and the transportation, she is lucky to just break even.

Economic recovery will come from creating more good-paying, middle class jobs, not the “McJobs” created by Perry, says Wortham, who also serves as the president of the Harris County AFL-CIO:

Henry Ford had it right. He made sure his employees could afford the cars they were building. Companies could afford to pay employees a decent wage if workers could buy the things they are making.

 


 

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