On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Congressman Al Green hosted his annual Labor Legislative Breakfast with union leaders and local officials. Representatives from unions across the Greater Houston Area and Texas voiced their concerns on important labor-related issues. Guest speaker Martin Luther King, III spoke on the importance of social justice and the strong connection between the civil rights movement and the labor movement.
Congressman Al Green answered questions on a wide variety of topics, including the Keystone Pipeline and the Employee Free Choice Act, each of which he reiterated his support for. During the meeting, union representatives stressed the need for Congress to not raise the age of eligibility for Social Security, promote job security, as well as avert the fiscal cliff in a responsible manner that does not place an even larger burden on blue-collar workers.
“Raising the eligibility age of Social Security will unfairly tax blue-collar workers and some minorities,” Congressman Al Green said. “Many of the people who now rely on Social Security would in effect become donors to the system because of their shorter life expectancies.”
During the 112th Congress, Congressman Al Green re-introduced the Living American Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage by 15 percent above the poverty line every four years. He also advocated for the Johnson Space Center Workforce Stability Act, which would create a job-training program and promote economic growth in the Johnson Space Center region. Congressman Al Green ended the meeting by emphasizing his goals as a legislator.
“I am committed to making sure the residents of the Ninth Congressional District have an opportunity to obtain a good job, fair pay, good benefits and safe working conditions that are consistent with our American values,” Congressman Al Green said.
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