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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu to Visit Birmingham, Discuss Importance of City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu will join Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin at Buck Mulligan’s Public House, a restaurant in Birmingham, Ala., to discuss an ordinance approved by the Birmingham City Council last year to raise the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by July 2017. The owner and a number of employees of Buck Mulligan’s Public House, as well as community leaders, also will participate in the discussion.

“Far too many people are working harder, yet struggling to pay their bills. In the absence of action by Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, cities like Birmingham are leading the way,” said Deputy Secretary Chris Lu. “I applaud the actions of the Birmingham City Council and look forward to learning more about their plans to ensure shared prosperity for all.”

“Roughly 30 percent of Birmingham residents lived below the poverty level between 2009 and 2013, and residents’ per-capita income was about $19,650 during the same period. In knowing this, it has been very important to both colleagues and I to look at ways that we can help to improve the quality of life for all citizens,” President Johnathan Austin said. “This move to increase minimum wage is just the first of many actions that I hope will follow to continue to provide long standing job opportunities for the citizens of Birmingham.”

WHO:         U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin

WHAT:       Minimum wage roundtable discussion

WHERE:    Buck Mulligan’s Public House: 2011 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

WHEN:       Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

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Press interested in attending this event should contact Brittany Sharp or Joe Versen using the contact information provided below.

Media Contact:

Brittany Sharp, 205-886-6348, Brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

Joe Versen, 202-693-4696, versen.joseph.h@dol.gov