Raising the Minimum Wage

Stagnant income is the crisis of our time. Thanks to the productivity of U.S. workers, the national economy is nearly twice as large per capita as it was in 1980—but most families have nothing to show for it. Corporate profits as a share of our national income are at an all-time high, while wages are at a 65-year low.

Raising the minimum wage is one of the best tools we have to lift incomes and grow our consumer-driven economy. But in the past 40 years, the federal minimum wage—stuck at $7.25 since 2009—has lost 30 percent of its value. In Washington and in states and cities around the country, NELP is fighting for a wage families can live on—and an economy that works for all of us.

Visit our website, raisetheminimumwage.com, for more information about minimum wage policies and campaigns to raise wages around the country.

Visit RaiseTheMinimumWage.com

NELP’s Raise the Minimum Wage website is the best online repository of information on the minimum wage and on campaigns to raise wages around the country.


$15 Campaign Reports and Resources

No longer just a rallying cry, since 2014 the call for a $15 wage has spread to a growing number of jurisdictions –  including major cities and states. The following resources make the case for the need for and feasibility of phasing the minimum wage to $15 and higher, and illustrate the strong public support high-wage proposals enjoy.

Click the image below for a complete list of NELP resources on the movement for $15.


Federal, State, and Local Minimum Wage Campaigns

Access NELP’s complete list of campaigns for higher minimum wages by clicking the image below.



News Releases

State of the Union: It’s Time to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Congress cannot just pay lip service to frontline workers whose labor they take for granted.

Posted Mar 1, 2022 Read More

News Releases

Ten Years In, Fight for $15 and a Union Movement Helped Reduce Racial Wealth Gap Nationally, Injected $87.6 Billion Annually into U.S. Economy

The Fight for $15 has helped Black and Latinx working people build wealth and inspired worker organizing across the U.S.

Posted Nov 29, 2022 Read More

News Releases

On President Biden’s Executive Order Establishing a $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

This is an important first step to ensuring that all jobs paid with federal revenues are good jobs.

Posted Apr 27, 2021 Read More
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