Richmond, VA — In recognition of new laws that go into effect today to raise the minimum wage, end the ban on local public sector collective bargaining in Virginia, and more, DPVA Chair Susan Swecker released the following statement:
"Today, new laws take effect that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of working Virginians. The first minimum wage increase in over a decade will mean thousands of Virginians will see a well-deserved pay increase. Virginia's ban on local government employees collectively bargaining is finally off the books —giving firefighters, teachers, and others the ability to bargain for better wages and working conditions. All localities should pass ordinances establishing collective bargaining rights. Unions lift up workers and strengthen the middle class, and every worker should be able to join one.
These measures are further proof of how much Virginians stand to benefit from Democratic leadership. As Republicans continue to oppose efforts to raise the minimum wage, make health care more affordable, and protect essential workers, the stakes of this November's elections could not be clearer for Virginians."