Demand Higher Federal Minimum Wage

Target: Alex Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Labor

Goal: Raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00 per hour or $31,200 per year.

Stagnant wages along with a continuous increase in the cost of living leave many Americans with more month at the end of the money. There has not been a federal minimum wage increase since 2009. Chris Lu, Secretary of Labor during the Obama administration, has talked about wage increases. During the Truman administration, the minimum wage was increased to 75 cents an hour. He states, “An employee earning this salary in 1950 had more buying power than someone making $7.25 an hour today. A full-time job shouldn’t mean a life in poverty.”

Many employers are already increasing wages as a competitive measure to attract higher quality employees and decrease turnover, which is costly. These business owners also understand that the average worker will spend extra money following a pay raise rather than invest it, which turns a higher paid working class into potential customers.

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour is a good start, but hardly enough. This pay rate still places the majority of workers in the lower middle class, with an annual income of only $31, 200 per year before taxes. It is great that many large businesses like Costco, Walmart, and Facebook have raised wage floors within their respective companies. However, an increase in the U.S. minimum wage will bring some improvements to the overall economy and help to relieve some of the burden on tax payers for subsidized programs. Sign this petition to demand that the minimum wage be increased to $15.00 an hour so that full-time workers don’t have to continue living in poverty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Acosta,

A recent Republican poll shows that 80 percent of corporate executives agree that the federal minimum wage should be increased. These business men and women understand that a well-paid working class means an increase in the demand for goods and decrease in the cost of goods sold, translating into higher profits.

The working class understands that an increase in the federal minimum wage means a better way of life for them and their families. It means feeling pride in what they do as their employer demonstrates employee value through higher pay. We all understand that increasing the federal minimum wage means a lower demand for government subsidy programs and more disposable income to stimulate the economy.

We demand that the federal minimum wage be increased to $15.00 per hour so that the average working American can live above the poverty level in the U.S.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: U.S. Department of Labor

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    fair pay now!

  2. That’s not even enough, but it’s a start! People can’t live on this!

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