This Labor Day we have extra reason to celebrate in Greensboro. The City Council has voted to increase the minimum wage of city workers. Now Greensboro’s city workers are finally getting the pay raise they deserve.
I consider myself to be fortunate to work for Thomas Built Buses. I get the holiday off to relax and enjoy quality time with my family. But on a day that honors working people across America, too many are forced to work a second or even third job because their minimum-wage pay does not cover the most basic living expenses. It’s hard to believe that some political candidates say we should just work longer hours. There are simply not enough hours in a day to work two jobs, raise a family and rest.
No one should work full time and still struggle to support their family, yet those making the minimum wage often cannot afford basic necessities and must rely on public assistance to make ends meet. A higher minimum wage will allow working people to sustain their families and live better lives.
I applaud the Greensboro City Council for taking this important first step toward economic fairness. I can now only hope other cities, other states and our federal government follow your lead.
John L. Crawford
The writer is president, Triad Central Labor Council.