U.S. Secretary of Labor tours Dayton to promote Biden’s infrastructure bill

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh made three stops in Dayton to promote the Biden Administration’s infrastructure bill.

According to a release, Walsh is visiting Ohio to meet with state, local and community leaders as well as workers to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was among those who met with him.

Secretary Walsh met Whaley and some students at the Dayton Job Corps Center at 2 p.m. to tour the facility, and then headed to On Purpose Academy, a childhood mentoring and learning center. While at the center, he met with care workers, advocates and unions, discussing the need for federal investments in child, elder and disability care, and paid leave.

“The President filed legislation to increase the minimum wage. There’s no reason why in this country people are earning $7.25 an hour — it’s an insult to the American people that they’re earning such a low wages,” said Walsh. “Many of them are trying to raise a family on that. The President understands that and recognizes that and that’s why we’re pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.”

Walsh also visited OneFifteen, a nonprofit providing treatment for people with drug and alcohol addiction, to meet with leadership and patients and discuss his own journey with recovery.

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