Debra Walker takes a photograph of acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris when he stops by a breakfast gathering to talk to Walker and other minimum wage workers participating in the June 25 forum.
Acting Secretary Harris (center, red tie) poses with participants in the June 25 forum on the need for a higher minimum wage.
Acting Secretary Harris chats with (left to right) Edgar Acosta, Pattie Federico, Irasema Cavazos and William Ivey before the forum begins.
Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris (right) chats with colleagues at the White House before the forum begins.
Danielle Gray, cabinet secretary and assistant to the president, welcomes the audience.
Raising the minimum wage doesn't just benefit individual workers, explains Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers. Minimum wage earners spend money locally, which has positive effects on the nation's economy.
Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris discusses the importance of raising the minimum wage for America's workers at a White House forum June 25.
From left to right: Maurice Fleming, Laura Bailey, Erin Breen and Antoinette Edmonds were among the 19 low wage earners who attended the forum and shared their financial experiences.
Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris reflects on the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act, passed 75 years ago on June 25, 1938.
From left to right: Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council; Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers and Seth D. Harris, acting Secretary of Labor listen to workers William Ivey, Irasema Cavazos, Edgar Acosta and Pattie Federico describe the day-to-day challenges of earning the minimum wage.
A packed room listens as workers William Ivey, Irasema Cavazos, Edgar Acosta and Pattie Federico discuss the personal impact of an extra $3,000 a year. "It would mean literally fresh vegetables," Cavazos said.
Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, discusses the personal implications of raising the minimum wage as Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers (center), and Seth D. Harris, acting Secretary of Labor (right) listen.
Pattie Federico of Boston, Mass., has had to sacrifice television and an Internet connection in order to pay her bills on time. If she had an extra $3,000 a year, she says, she would get her car's tires repaired and get Internet service.
Edgar Acosta of Denver, Colo. describes what an extra $3,000 a year would mean to him: the ability to pay off his credit card debt and put aside some money for his daughter's savings, and "peace of mind."
Irasema Cavazos of San Antonio, Texas, confirms that a raise in the minimum wage would have a real positive impact on her life. "The thing is, I will spend it," she said. "There are so many things that are waiting to get better."
Seth D. Harris (left) listens as William Ivey discusses the challenges of supporting a family while on the minimum wage.
Gene Sperling introduces Vice President Joseph Biden. Behind him (left to right): Erin Breen, Shedaya Ivy, Antoinette Edmonds, Sandra Burden and Jackie Parkins.
Vice President Joseph Biden discusses the ongoing significance of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Behind him: Irasema Cavazos and Israel Chavez.
Vice President Joseph Biden addresses the crowd. Behind him, from left to right: Maurice Fleming, Erin Breen, Antoinette Edmonds, William and Sandra Burden. Back row: William Fletcher and Marvin Jones.
Vice President Joseph Biden echoes the president's call to raise the minimum wage. Behind him (from left to right): Pattie Federico, Edgar Acosta, Maurice Fleming, William Fletcher, Laura Bailey, Marvin Jones, Erin Breen, Shedaya Ivy, Antoinette Edmonds, Jackie Parkins, Sandra Burden, Dorothy Kent, Annishia Anderson, Debra Walker, Irasema Cavazos, Qutaive Harris and Israel Chavez.