Des Moines Register: Norwalk business owner backs $15 minimum wage before U.S. Congress

By Teresa Kay Albertson
Des Moines Register, Feb 25, 2019

The owner of an Iowa artisan salami company testified before the U.S. Congress this month in support of raising the national minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

Kathy Eckhouse of La Quercia told members of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor that workers like the 60 people at her Norwalk cured meats facility deserve to make living wage. 

“We really believe people need to make enough money to live a comfortable life,” she said last week back home in Iowa. 

Eckhouse was invited to Washington, D.C., to speak about H.R. 582, which would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour over six years. She is a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives who support the increase.

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