Clermont Sun: Providing Ohio workers with a fair wage is good for business

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Clermont Sun: Providing Ohio workers with a fair wage is good for business

By Sherrod Brown:

With too many Ohioans working harder than ever and barely getting by, it’s well past time to raise the minimum wage in our country. Recently, I visited four Ohio businesses that are supportive of an increase in the federal minimum wage. These businesses and their owners know that treating their employees right isn’t just good for them, it’s good for business.

President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act into law 75 years ago. This legislation ensured that American workers would receive a minimum wage and work reasonable work hours. By guaranteeing that hard work in our nation meant fair wages and decent working conditions, President Roosevelt helped lead our country out of the worst economic climates we’ve ever faced to decades of prosperity. A minimum wage helped lift millions of Americans out of poverty and into the middle class.

Our workers today work just as hard as they did when Roosevelt was president, yet our fair wage laws do not reflect that. Too many Ohio families are still struggling. Ohioans who work hard and play by the rules should be able to take care of their families.

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