Moderated by Rick Badie
Recently, Atlanta was one of five cities U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez visited on a pre-Labor Day tour to promote collaboration between business and labor. Today, he reiterates that message and calls for a minimum wage increase that he says would benefit all aspects of the economy. The Georgia director of a small business advocacy group begs to differ, however, and calls a wage hike — as well as a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board — attempts to bolster unions. The third column deals with the importance of hiring and training young talent.
Higher wage makes sense
By Thomas E. Perez
After becoming the nation’s 26th labor secretary last summer, among my first two calls were to the president of the AFL-CIO — the largest labor organization in the United States — and the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Those two organizations aren’t always natural allies. But to create good jobs, you have to talk to both workers and job creators.