Our nation’s workforce is the lifeblood of our economy. Congressmember Espaillat firmly believes that the best path to economic stability and success on an individual, family, and national level is a good paying job. This begins with ensuring that our workers are making enough money to support themselves and their families. No one should have to work multiple jobs simply to make ends meet, which is why Congressmember Espaillat is a strong proponent of increasing the federal minimum wage to a living wage. Not only do we need to make sure that our employees are making a livable wage for their hard work, but we also need to ensure that all employees are receiving equal pay for equal work. Congressmember Espaillat is a cosponsor of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, and will continue to advocate for living and equal wages.
In addition to ensuring that our country’s employees make enough money to make ends meet, Congressmember Espaillat also believes that worker and workplace protections are critical to ensuring a healthy, safe, and efficient workforce. This means protecting the Fair Labors Standards Act from attacks aiming to dismantle it; ensuring that Occupational and Safety Hazards Act continues to work for the benefit of hardworking Americans; and supporting the right of workers to unionize in order to bargain for the benefits and pay they so duly deserve.
Congressmember Espaillat understands that we must not only take care of our employees during their working years, but we need to provide the tools and resources necessary to allow those individuals to properly and effectively save for their retirements. In New York City alone, there are 1.1 million private sector employees who do not have access to a retirement plan through their employer. In an attempt to allow states and very large cities to creatively develop a solution to this problem, the Department of Labor under President Obama published two rules that allowed states and very large cities, like New York, to develop an opt-in retirement plan for those employees. However, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration recklessly nullified those rules, chilling any potential solutions to this problem in the near future. Congressmember Espaillat understands the importance of saving for the future, and will continue to advocate for policies that look out for America’s workers.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Join Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) on Thursday, October 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mural Pavilion – Harlem Hospital Center located at 512 Lenox Avenue for a career fair open to job seekers and employers throughout New York’s 13th congressional district.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 a.m. at the Inwood Post Office located at 90 Vermilyea Avenue, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will unveil an in-depth report of the United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities operating within New York’s 13th congressional district.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME:
NEW YORK, NY – Today Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement calling for the immediate resignation of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) top official, Meera Joshi following a number of suicide deaths of NYC taxi drivers.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of May 1st as International Workers’ Day.
“During International Workers’ Day we recommit our efforts to protect and ensure workers’ rights,” said Congressman Espaillat. “Ensuring the right of workers to unionize in their fight for higher wages, better working conditions, and safety standards is critical.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) hosted a Member roundtable to discuss the impact of Section 232 tariffs on the Dominican Republic and continued efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recommendation to establish multiple opportunity zones throughout New York’s 13th congressional district that will promote investment and continued growth into the community.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day.
President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963, which established the principle of women in the workforce receiving equal pay for equal work. Equal Pay Day recognizes that there is still much work that remains in our efforts to ensure full gender equality in the workplace.