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News from EPI Media Advisory- Working Poor in America: The Harsh Reality Facing Our Nation’s Low-Wage Workers

Tens of millions of Americans go to work every day, work long hours, and earn wages so low that they often cannot meet their families’ basic needs. On Friday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m. ET, EPI and Oxfam America will convene a bipartisan panel to discuss how to improve the economic circumstances of these nearly 60 million low-wage workers. Panelists include Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), former Rep. Jim Walsh (R-N.Y.), Guy Molyneux (partner, Hart Research Associates) and Heidi Shierholz (economist, Economic Policy Institute).

The panelists will also probe the findings from Oxfam America’s comprehensive national telephone survey of low-wage workers. In the survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates,  Oxfam America asked low-wage workers across the nation key questions about their daily lives, including how they make ends meet, what their biggest worries and concerns are, and what policies they think would help them better advance economically.

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What: Panel discussion on policies to improve the economic circumstances of America’s low-wage workers

Rep. Keith Ellison 

Former Rep. Jim Walsh (R-N.Y.)

Guy Molyneux, partner, Hart Research Associates

Heidi Shierholz, Economist, Economic Policy Institute

Niyah Potts, activist, Good Jobs Nation

Tiffany Beroid, activist, Organization United for Respect at Walmart

Moderator: Andrew Yarrow, Senior Research Advisor, Oxfam America

Where: Economic Policy Institute

1333 H Street, NW Suite 300

When: Friday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m. ET