Secretary Perez delivers remarks at the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour in Cleveland
(March 28, 2014)
Home health care worker Tracy Watkins speaks about her struggles to support herself on a minimum wage during a stop of the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour in Cleveland, March 28.
Secretary Perez, thanks home health care worker Tracy Watkins for sharing her story of trying to support herself on a minimum wage. Watkins was at the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour at the SEIU District 1199 building.
"Nobody who works full-time in this country should have to live in poverty," Perez said to a crowd of more than 50 workers during a stop of the "Give America a Raise Bus Tour.
"The purchasing power of the minimum wage is 20 percent less than it was 30 years ago," Perez said. "America needs a raise, that's the bottom line."
"I talk to many people across this county making choices between a gallon of milk and a gallon of gas, making choices as to whether they buy food or they buy medicine," Perez told the crowd.
Secretary Perez hugs Jesseca Hudson after speaking about the importance of raising the minimum wage. Following the rally, Jesseca emailed the secretary and wrote. "I believe as an 11-year-old I can help because I am young and people love to hear stories from kids about world events and about how kids are involved to make a difference. I think it is good for the government to help struggling people."
Secretary Perez talks with Tom Spuzzillo of Donato's Pizzeria during the stop of the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour in Cleveland.