Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Letter of Support

The undersigned organizations enthusiastically support the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, as introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (VT) and Patty Murray (WA), Representatives Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA), Mark Pocan (WI) and Stephanie Murphy (FL).

If enacted, this legislation would:

  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $8.55 this year and increase it over the next five years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024;
  • After 2024, adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with growth in the typical worker’s wages;
  • Phase out the outdated subminimum wage for tipped workers, which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 since 1991; and,
  • Sunset the much criticized ability of employers to pay workers with disabilities a subminimum wage through certificates issued by DOL.
  • Phase out the subminimum wage for workers under the age of 20.

At a time when wage stagnation and income inequality pose serious threats to our families and our economy, the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 will begin to reverse that cycle and raise pay broadly across the bottom of the workforce. According to the Economic Policy Institute, this Act will deliver long-overdue raises to more than 1 in 4 workers, 90% of whom are over the age of 20. The average age of workers who would get a raise is 35, and nearly half have some years of college education. In fact, those who work year-round would see a raise in the order of $3,000 a year, which is enough to make a tremendous difference in the life of a preschool teacher, bank teller, or fast-food worker who today struggles to get by on around $20,000 per year.

28 percent are working parents with children, and half have family incomes of less than $40,000 per year. Women make up nearly 58 percent of the workers who would benefit from a $15 minimum wage, which would be instrumental in helping to close the gender-wage-gap. Raising the minimum wage to $15 would also significantly benefit workers of color, with 38 percent of African American workers and 33 percent of Latinos seeing a pay increase once this law goes into effect.

These are the frontline workers who make America run—yet due to the erosion of the real value of the minimum wage over the last half century, they are struggling even as our economy enjoys a solid recovery.

The time for the Raise the Wage Act is long overdue, and we cannot delay in working toward its passage.  We call on Congress to enact this important piece of legislation as quickly as possible, and for President Trump to sign it when it comes to his desk.

Economic Policy Institute

National Employment Law Project

A Better Balance
A Place at the Table
AAUW Texas
Abortion Care Network
ACCESS Women’s Health Justice
Accessible Housing Resources, Inc. (AHRI)
Action Inc.
Action Together NEPA
ADAPT Montana
Advocate For Justice Inc.
Advocates for Youth
African American Ministers In Action
Agape Missions, NFP
AIDS Alabama South, LLC
Alabama Arise
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc.
All Our Kin
Allegheny Valley Association of Churches
Amara Legal Center
American Association of People with Disabilities
American Association of University Women
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
American Federation of Teachers, Washington
American Postal Workers Union – St Louis Gateway District Area Local
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
Anne Arundel County NOW
Appalachian Independence Center, Inc.
Arizona Center for Economic Progress
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
Asian Law Alliance
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP)
ATD Fourth World Movement
Atlanta Community Food Bank
AUSCP – Association of U.S. Catholic Priests
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
Benedictine Sisters of Erie
Black AIDS Institute
Black Women’s Roundtable
Bread for the World
Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition
CA Capital Chapter – Coalition of Labor Union Women
California Employment Lawyers Association
California Food Policy Advocates
Cambridge United for Justice with Peace
Campaign for America’s Future
Campesinos Sin Fronteras
CAP Services, Inc./Community Assets for People
CARECEN-Central American Resource Center
Caring Across Generations
CASA of Oregon
Catalyst for Positive Change!
Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler counties, NY
Center for Changing Lives
Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs
Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Center for New York City Affairs at The New School
Center for Popular Democracy Action
Center for Public Policy Priorities
Center for Public Representation
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
ChangeLab Solutions
Chester County Food Bank
Chicago Chapter of RESULTS, Domestic
Chicago Jobs Council
Chicago Women’s AIDS Project
Child Care Resources
Children’s Defense Fund
Children’s Advocacy Institute
Church World Service
Cities of Peace Detroit
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
Cleveland Nonviolence Network
CLUW of Southwestern PA
Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence
Coalition for Low Income Pennsylvanians
Coalition of Black Trade Unionist -Northern California
Coalition of Labor Union Women
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Coalition on Human Needs
Collaborative Center for Justice
Collin County Democrats With Disabilities (CCDWD)
Collin County Voters With Disabilities
Colorado Center on Law and Policy
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Communities Creating Opportunity
Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc.
Community Action Partnership, NJ
Community Advocates of Northern Indiana
Community Labor United
Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida
Congregation Beth El, Berkeley
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Congregation of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
Congregation of the Infant Jesus Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor,Inc.
Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
Connecticut Voices for Children
Cronucopia Community Advocates
CWA Local 6450
D.C. Hunger Solutions
Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency
DC KinCare Alliance
DC Language Access Coalition
DC Law Students in Court
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
Disability Law Center
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
Disability Voters of Maine
Disabled in Action of Greater Syracuse Inc.
Disciples Center for Public Witness (Disciples of Christ)
Disciples Justice Action Network
Dominican Development Center, Inc.
Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids
Dominican Sisters of Houston
East Central Illinois Community Action Agency
East Hampton Housing Authority
Economic Opportunity Institute
Economic Progress Institute
Economic Roundtable
Ecumenical Poverty Initiative
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Education Equals Making Community Connections
Equal Pay Today
Equal Rights Advocates
Equality California
Equality North Carolina
Estreet Verdors Assiotation Of Chicago (SVAC)
Faith Voices Arkansas
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines
Family Promise of Knoxville
Family Values@Work
Farmworker Association of Florida
Feeding Texas
Feminist Majority
First Christian Church
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First United Methodist Church
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Food Chain Workers Alliance
Food Finders Food Bank
Food Lifeline
Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)
For Our Future PA
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Gender Justice
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Global Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community Churches
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY
Good Jobs Nation
Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women
Greater New Jersey CLUW Chapter
Greater Oklahoma City Chapter CLUW
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
HANA Center
Hawaii Appleseed
Head Start
HEAL Trafficking
Healthy and Free Tennessee
Hill Snowdon Foundation
Hispanic Federation
Holy Cross Ministries
Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence
Housing Choice Partners
Howard Brown Health
Hudson County Housing Resource Center
Hunger Action Network of NYS
Hunger Free Vermont
Hunger Solutions New York
Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger
IHM Sisters IHM Sisters Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office
Illinois Hunger Coalition
Illinois Collaboration on Youth
Impact Fund
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Indiana Community Action Association
Indiana Institute for Working Families
Indivisible Michigan 8th-Ingham
Inspirational Gospel Assembly
Interfaith Impact of New York State
Interfaith Worker Justice
International Labor Rights Forum
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Jackson State University
Jewish Women International
Jobs with Justice
Just Harvest: A Center for Action Against Hunger
Justice and Advocacy Committee of the Lehigh Conference of Churches
Justice for Migrant Women
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
Kansas Association of Community Action Programs
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Kentucky State AFL-CIO
Keystone Progress
Keystone Research Center
Kings Local Food Pantry
Korean Resource Center
KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change
La Frontera Ministries
La Plata County Thrive! Living Wage Coalition
Labor Education Program, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois
Lamoille Family Center
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
Law Students in Court
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Leadership Team, Sisters of the Presentations
Legal Aid at Work
Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund
Legal Voice
Let Justice Roll: Living Wage Campaign
Lincoln Hills Development Corporation
LiveWell Colorado
Long Beach Gray Panthers
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Louisiana Budget Project
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Main Street Alliance
Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
Maine Women’s Lobby
Mainers for Accountable Leadership
Make the Road PA
Maryland Center on Economic Policy
Maryland Hunger Solutions
Maryland National Organization for Women
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Maternal and Child Health Access
Men of All Colors Together (MACT)/Phila.
Mercyhaven Inc.
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Metro-Detroit Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Michigan League for Public Policy
Michigan’s Children
Middlesex Coalition for Children
Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Mississippi Families for Kids
Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative
Missouri CLUW Chapter
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NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina
Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
National Association of Social Workers
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National Association of the Deaf
National Black Justice Coalition
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National Health Care for the Homeless Council
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National Immigration Law Center
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Rural Social Work Caucus
National Urban League
National Women’s Law Center
National Working Positive Coalition
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New Jersey Tenants Organization
New Mexico Association of Community Partners (NMACP)
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Project Bread-The Walk for Hunger
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RI Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Raise Minimum Wages
Raise the Wage PA
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Regina Mundi Inc.
Religious Institute
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Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania
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Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI)/Duke University School of Law
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Southern Poverty Law Center
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Texas Employment Lawyers Association
The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
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Toledo Area Jobs with Justice & Interfaith worker Justice Coalition
Transition Services, Inc.
Transport Workers Union of America
Treatment Action Group (TAG)
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Union for Reform Judaism
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United for a Fair Economy
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