Take Action: Urge Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage
More than four years after the end of the Great Recession, not only have wages for low- and middle-income workers yet to recover, but low-wage jobs have dominated job growth. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which translates to just $15,080 per year for a full-time worker. This level is decades out of date, and the federal minimum wage for tipped workers—$2.13 per hour—hasn’t increased in more than 20 years.
This is why we must take action and support the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which must get enough votes in the Senate to even be debated, and would raise the wage to $10.10 by 2015 and raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to 70 percent of the minimum wage.
More working adults than ever are depending on low-wage jobs. Since the recession, 58 percent of new jobs have been in low-wage occupations like cashiers and food preparation, and waitresses and waiters are three times more likely to be paid below the poverty line than the general workforce and nearly twice as likely to need food stamps.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would help 28 million American workers living on the minimum wage make ends meet, and more than 21 million children have a parent who would get a raise. Raising the wage would also take a huge step toward closing the gender wage gap; women disproportionately work in low-wage occupations, and 71 percent of tipped workers getting a raise would be women.
Higher wages will power economic recovery and growth. Raising the minimum wage would boost consumer demand as low-income workers spend their higher wages at local businesses. The Fair Minimum Wage Act would cause $32 billion in new economic activity, translating into 85,000 new full-time jobs.
Enter your ZIP code below to urge your senators to restore a strong minimum wage for America’s workers. Too many Americans have worked too hard for too long at wages too low to support themselves and their families—it’s time working families are given a raise!