By Chris Lu
Time, July 24, 2017
Lu served as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor during the Obama Administration
It’s been eight years since the federal minimum wage was last raised on July 24, 2009. ... millions of people continue to work for the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour — without a pay raise in sight. ...
As the Deputy Secretary of Labor, I saw not only how higher wages lifted up the lives of working-class Americans but also how employers thrived when they paid higher wages.