Strengthening the Equal Pay Act is long overdue. When women are paid the same as men for the same work everybody wins. Also long overdue are raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, tying it to the cost of housing, food and fuel, and providing paid family and medical leave. Collective bargaining rights need to be strengthened. Major investments in infrastructure and clean energy will create tens of millions of good paying jobs while reducing our carbon footprint and paving the way toward a more sustainable and prosperous future. Together these steps will reverse the decline of the middle class and help ensure that no one who works full time lives in poverty.