Americans are working more hours than ever before. In 2000, the average American worker put in 1,978 hours, 36 hours more--almost a full week--than they worked in 1990. Nearly 64 million women are now in America's workforce, including three-quarters of American mothers with children younger than 18. With wages stagnant, benefits eroding and employers demanding excessive overtime, it's tougher than ever for working families to balance competing demands while trying to earn a livable wage.
These increased demands on working families, requires policies that give workers more flexibility, job and retirement security, and improved work conditions. That is why I support an increase in the minimum wage, expanding protections for workers' pensions, and improving on the successes of the Family and Medical Leave Act. This is in addition to the health and child care support programs critical for workers to perform their jobs in good health knowing their children are well cared for.