The United States Congress also faces wage pressures

Like American companies, the United States Congress, which employs some 10,000 people, is affected by the overheating of the labor market. This led Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, to announce last week the increase in the minimum wage from September 1 to 45,000 dollars (4,2660 euros) per year for junior parliamentary staff in her assembly. . Today, these “little hands” of democracy receive, annually, between 30,000 and 40,000 dollars, an average of 1877 dollars (1780 euros) per month. However, according to a survey by the Congressional Progressive Staff Association (CPSA), 68% of them are not satisfied with their remuneration, 47% of them even say they have end-of-month problems.

Nancy Pelosi has also decided to raise to 203,700 dollars (193,107 euros), the maximum salary offered to these same parliamentary attachés. This will align these emoluments offered to the highest paid collaborators of the Senate. “The House of Representatives will thus be able to retain and recruit diverse talent (…) It is also a question of justice as the youngest employees who work the most hours earn the lowest wages”, explains the president in a letter to her colleagues, published by the information site Punchbowl. It also announces that it will vote this week on a resolution authorizing the employees in question to unionize.

The American economy created 428,000 non-farm jobs in April, when specialists who had forecast a figure of 391,000. The unemployment rate stood at 3.6%, as in the previous month. The Labor Department report shows the average hourly wage rose 0.3% last month after rising 0.5% in March. Over one year, the average salary saw its progression slow down slightly in April, to 5.5% after 5.6% in March.

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