SNCF Member Participates in Moral Mondays, Calls for Economic Justice & Living Wages

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On May 13, 2015, SNCF member David Zonderman participated in Moral Mondays: Economic Justice and Living Wages. An excerpt from his speech follows. To see David’s full remarks, watch the Fusion Films video here. David Zonderman begins speaking at 31:50.

“A living wage is a wage high enough that any woman or man, working a forty hour week, should earn sufficient money to put food on the table for their families, a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, and shoes on their feet–as well as affordable health insurance, and some savings for college and retirement.

Workers have sought such a living wage for centuries in many nations across the globe. Here in America, workers as far back as colonial times demanded that their bosses pay them enough to feed and house their families. Starting in the nineteenth century and up to the present day, women and men have struggled to form unions and collectively bargain for wages that match their skills, hard work, and dedication to their jobs. In recent decades, as many workers have seen their take home pay [adjusted for inflation] stagnate and even decline, our nation has seen inequality [the gap between the rich and the poor] expand, the middle class hollow out, and the number of poor and discouraged workers grow steadily.

Today, our state and our country need living wages for all workers more than ever. There are three reasons why we need such just wages for all who labor…”



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