Tuesday, July 24th, marks the three-year anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage. Since that last increase, prices of basic goods such as milk, gas, and college tuition have climbed steadily, but the federal minimum wage remains stuck at $7.25 an hour -- just over $15,000 a year for a full-time worker. The consequence is clear: Over the past three years, the real purchasing power of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly seven percent to $6.77 per hour.
It's time for Congress to act. Representative George Miller of California (D), the ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, will be introducing legislation to (1) increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 by 2014, (2) raise the tipped-worker minimum wage to 70 percent of the full minimum wage, and (3) index both to inflation thereafter. The minimum wage has historically enjoyed bipartisan support -- we'll need as many House co-sponsors as we can get.
Here's how you can help: Tell your to co-sponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012. And join us on Tuesday, July 24th -- a National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage -- to fight for a raise for America's workers!
It's time to make economic recovery about the well-being of workers. Working families and our economy as a whole cannot afford another year of stagnant wages. Let's raise the federal minimum wage and give workers and the economy the boost they need!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
NELP asks "What's Wrong With This Picture?"
National Employment Law Project's Raise the Minimum Wage project,