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Work, decent wages give people dignity, help families, says bishop

Work, decent wages give people dignity, help families, says bishop

By Zoey Di Mauro
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — On the 75th anniversary of the creation of a federal minimum wage, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., addressed a Senate hearing June 25 about the importance of fair wages and the dignity of work.

He said, “The new bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, recently remarked that work ‘fills us with dignity (and) makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works, who always acts; it gives one the ability to maintain oneself, one’s family, to contribute to the growth of one’s own nation.'”

On June 25, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, which enacted a minimum wage, initiated worker protections and all but ended child labor. Today the federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour and $2.13 for tipped labor. The minimum wage was last raised in 2009 and tipped wages, in 1991. Read more