Stagnant income is the crisis of our time. Thanks to the productivity of America’s workers, the U.S. 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.