Ivanka Trump made headlines Tuesday with her comments on an employment guarantee introduced earlier this month as part of the Green New Deal proposed by parliamentarian Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey.
In addition to a series of large-scale proposals focused on eliminating US carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, the proposed Green New Deal includes an ambitious employment guarantee. to ensure "paid employment with family wages, adequate family and medical leave, paid leave and retirement security for all United States residents."
Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to answer.
"As a person who has actually worked for tips and hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn it second hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live", tweeted the MP on Tuesday. "A living wage is not a gift, it's a right – workers are often paid much less than the value they create."
"In fact, wages are so low today compared to the real productivity of workers that they no longer reflect the value of workers." Productivity rose 6.2 times more than wages. "