Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) joined workers from 30 Los Angeles County area fast food chains, as well as members of SEIU Local 721, to call for wage increases to $15 per hour. Rep. Chu released the following statement:
"A full day's work deserves a full day's pay, and I applaud the brave men and women standing up today to demand fair compensation for their labor. In the wealthiest nation on earth, a full time job should provide for food, health care and safe housing. As fast food companies continue to see record profits, it is time that their employees receive a sense of financial security as well."
Congresswoman Chu is a long-time proponent for raising the minimum wage. She is a co-sponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage incrementally every year until 2015, and tie it to the cost of living after that.