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Birmingham City Council President Releases Statement Regarding Today’s Move by the Governor to Prevent Minimum Wage Increases

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Thursday, February 25, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Today, Governor Bentley and the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature dealt a severe blow to the working-class citizens of this state and in particular, the working poor in the City of Birmingham. Once again the GOP has stood with large corporations and the wealthy while telling the average working Alabamian that they’re not important. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin released the following statement today regarding their actions today:

“This is a clear indication that the plight of the working class is of no relevance to the GOP. Never before in the history of Alabama’s post-segregation era has a bill so detrimental to the very people who most of us depend on daily — the cooks, the waiters and busboys at our favorite restaurants, the barista at our neighborhood coffee shop, the caddy at the local country club and the maids at the hotels that help to boost our local economy — been fast-tracked in the State Legislature. It took less than 10 days for this bill to be debated in both the House and Senate, and signed by the Governor. When the same lawmakers who excitedly give millions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations making millions of dollars in profits off the backs of hardworking Alabamians, do not require these same for-profit businesses to provide a decent living wage to their employees, it’s a disgrace and shameful. We were all elected to serve the people and to represent their best interests.

The very people who have refused to expand Medicaid in the state to help the most vulnerable amongst us receive critical medical care, are once again keeping their boots on the necks of people in desperate need of financial relief. People can not pull themselves up by the bootstraps if they can’t afford to buy boots.

It is indeed a sad day in the State of Alabama. However, the Birmingham City Council will continue to fight for the people and do what we believe is morally and fundamentally prudent and in their best interests. As an elected official, it is my responsibility to stand and fight for my constituents, and this fight has just begun.”

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or