Leading Democratic Party (PPD) legislature Senator Juan Zaragoza and Representative Hector Ferrer and independent Senator Jose Vargas Widod announced today that they are coordinating their respective legislative plans to raise the island’s minimum wage.
During the press conference the legislators
“As in Puerto Rico for decades – our vision is to establish an ongoing instrument – composed of a number of experts to regularly review the need for an increase in the minimum wage,” said Zaragoza.
In short, the Senate proposal calls for an initial increase 50 8.50 per hour. The action is also restored Minimum wage board According to the trio of legislators, it is responsible for evaluating subsequent increases each year. House Bill 338 would set up a special commission to investigate the increase in the minimum wage.
“We take our plan as a starting point for the minimum wage. We agreed to start at 50 8.50 but we don’t want to interpret this as a determination of a fair wage for the Puerto Rican employer, but we would like to use the tool’s approval to set a starting point … It doesn’t. That means , the number will be checked as soon as the tool is available, ”explained Zaragoza.
House Bill 338 – written by Ferrer – is passed in the House of Commons yesterday and goes to the Senate. The Senate Draft 182 signed by Zaragoza and Vargas Vidot is currently still being examined by the Finance Commission in the legislature.
Senator Vargas Widot pointed out that the law “provides for an ongoing review that not only addresses the cost of living, but also addresses socially determinant conditions that could change circumstances under which we have not in the past.” “
For his part, Ferrer indicated that the Minimum Wage Board should study the impact of the increase in the minimum wage on retirees and those receiving support from social programs.
For questions metroSenator Zaragoza pointed out the increase $ 8.50 This does not apply to farm workers or restaurant workers.
Last week, Governor Point Pierre Luci announced the formation of an advisory committee to assess the minimum wage. In the case of Zaragoza, the difference between the legislative proposal and the governor’s proposal lies in the composition of the members of these institutions. “There are a large number of members who speak out against an increase in the minimum wage,” said Zaragoza of the advisory board set up by the president. On the other hand, the Minimum Wage Committee of Senate Law 182 consisted of an economist, representatives of the public interest and employees.
Commenting on previous objections by trader groups to the minimum wage increase, the famous senator said: “There will always be concern when we wait for these departments to approve the minimum wage increase. We will never do that. Approval”.
“There is a common claim that 25 7.25 people cannot live,” said Vargas Widot.