Ensure a Fair Minimum Wage

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Target: Representatives George Miller and Donna Edwards

Goal: Ensure a fair national minimum wage in keeping with inflation over time

Efforts to get Congress to act on the national minimum wage are accelerating recently and there is heightened demand that Congress increase the minimum wage and pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. The minimum wage has not kept pace with inflation, which has lead to the annual erosion of the buying power of millions of hard-working Americans. If it had, it would be $10.60 today, not $7.25. Demand that the U.S. the leaders of the House and Senate vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and then index it to inflation.

The benefits of the wage increase will reverberate across the economy. According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will generate $30 billion in economic activity and create 140,000 new jobs over three years. The Fair Minimum Wage Act would impact millions of Americans, education. More than 4.4 million Americans currently earn federal minimum wage or less; more than half are adults and 284,000 of them are college graduates . The bill would help mitigate historical discrimination against minority groups as well. Two-thirds of minimum wage earners are women, and almost 60 percent of minimum-wage women over 25 are the sole breadwinner in their families.

House members had the opportunity to vote on the bill in this year, in the form of a motion instructing the House to add the minimum wage increase to a workforce training bill. The motion was unanimously rejected by House Republicans who asserted this would negatively impact business and the economy. However, raising the minimum wage will give the economy a boost by putting money in the pockets of working people. All of that additional income improves business, sparking additional hiring.

This bill deserves a stand-alone vote in in Congress. It’s been three years since the minimum wage was last increased to $7.25. Even if the minimum wage was $10.10 today, minimum wage workers would not have the same buying power that a minimum wage worker had in the mid-1960s. Congress must revisit this issue and pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative George Miller,

It’s been three years since the minimum wage was last increased to $7.25. The minimum wage has not kept pace with inflation, which has lead to the annual erosion of the buying power of millions of hard-working Americans. If it had, it would be $10.60 today, not $7.25. Congress must increase the minimum wage by passing the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.

House members had the opportunity to vote on the bill in this year in the form of a motion instructing the House to add the minimum wage increase to a workforce training bill, which was rejected. The bill deserves a stand-alone vote. Congress must revisit this issue and pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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