Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Lend support to efforts to raise minimum wage from $9 per hour to up to $15 per hour.
A new deal that will raise upstate New York’s minimum wage to $12 per hour and New York City’s minimum wage to $15 per hour has been announced by negotiators. If enacted, the minimum wage, which is currently $9 per hour, would rise $0.70 every year until finally reaching the new mark. Should this measure become law, it would represent a huge step toward providing a living wage for America’s hardworking populace.
As the election cycle heats up, the national debate about minimum wage has taken center stage. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has made the “Fight for 15” a key component of his campaign, and fast-food workers have staged multiple demonstrations and strikes to rally support for their cause. Though this new agreement is encouraging, it is far from being a done deal. Sign the petition below to encourage New York’s governor to support this measure and provide a living wage for hardworking Americans.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
I am writing to call your attention to an encouraging and progressive agreement that aims to raise the minimum wage in your state. For years now, wages have not kept pace with inflation, causing middle- and lower-class Americans to struggle financially. This new measure, if enacted, would raise the minimum wage in upstate New York to $12, and the minimum wage in New York city would rise to $15.
This agreement is still in a vulnerable phase and could easily and swiftly be struck down. I urge you to lend the power of your office to this cause and use any resources available to ensure that this measure becomes law. By supporting this measure, you will be sending the message that America’s workforce deserves to be fairly compensated for their hard work.
[Your Name Here]
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