U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth to Host Seattle Field Hearing on Worker Pay, Benefits, and Protections

Aug 5, 2022
Media Advisory

WASHINGTON  – On Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET), the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, chaired by Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), will host a field hearing “Lessons from Seattle: New Horizons for Workers’ Pay, Benefits, and Protections,” focusing on how innovative labor market laws and ordinances in Washington State and Seattle have impacted the local economy, businesses, and workers.

Led by Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), this bipartisan delegation will hear directly from local stakeholders and subject matter experts on how Seattle workers have benefited from policies like a higher minimum wage, paid leave, and portable benefits. Members will also hear about the challenges faced by workers currently ineligible for many of these benefits and, importantly, potential solutions that could bridge the benefit gap and help those currently left behind.

This is part of a larger trip to the Seattle-area where Select Committee members will conduct site visits and field events that further analyze Seattle’s labor market policies and their local economic impacts. These events will underscore the roles that government entities, the private sector and labor unions have on economic mobility in Seattle’s unique labor market.  


*Times and locations are subject to change*


WHAT:

U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Growth hearing "Lessons from Seattle: New Horizons for Workers’ Pay, Benefits, and Protections"


WHERE:

Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104


WHEN:

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET)


WHO: 

  • Chairman Jim Himes (CT-04)
  • Ranking Member Bryan Steil (WI-01)
  • Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
  • Select Committee Members
  • Senator Rebecca Saldaña, Washington’s 37th Legislative District
  • Mr. Peter Kuel, President, Drivers Union
  • Ms. Misha Werschkul, Executive Director, Washington State Budget & Policy Center
  • Ms. Danielle Alvarado, Executive Director, Fair Work Center & Working Washington


WATCH:

This event will be livestreamed on the Select Committee’s YouTube Page.


RSVP:

Space is limited. Media wishing to attend should email Mauricio Armaza, Select Committee Press Secretary, to RSVP or if they have any questions.

 

117th Congress