MINNEAPOLIS - Higher wages, family medical leave, wage theft, and equal pay are just a few of the issues affecting working families.

Representative Keith Ellison and Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, the ranking member on the Committee on Education and Workforce, held a forum in Minneapolis Tuesday to listen to these issues facing Minnesotans.

A driving instructor from Richfield told the Congressmen he would like to see higher wages.

“I make $21,600 a year. I really like my job. It's important, but I'm not paid enough,” said Steve Law.

Representative Ellison says he is co-authoring federal bills to help combat this problem. He says the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour far too low for families trying to get out of poverty.

Alberder Gillespie, who owns a consulting firm, says paid leave is an issue she hears about often in the community.

“Sick and earned time -- that's an issue for working families. People should be able to take time off if they are sick, they should be able to take care of their families if they are sick and not worry about losing their job or money. That's not the Minnesota we want,” said Gillespie.

“Legislating is a give and take process," said Ellison. The goal, he says, is to improve the quality of life in Minnesota and to make people feel more secure and more prosperous in their economic lives.