Tell Congress: “Raise the Wage!”

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for six years now. That’s barely $15,000 a year for a full-time worker—literally a poverty wage.

Rita, a worker who juggles two low-wage jobs, told The New York Times, “I need to make a decision to buy clothes, or pay the rent or pay my cellphone bill.”

Tens of millions of working men and women, like Rita, are putting in long hours and often working multiple jobs, yet they still can’t afford life’s basics. That is unacceptable!

July 24 marks the six-year anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage. It is long past time that Congress acted to raise wages for tens of millions of America’s workers.

Thankfully, this year, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representative Robert “Bobby” Scott (VA) introduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would benefit 35 million workers by gradually raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020.

Two critical components of the Raise the Wage Act are that it establishes automatic increases in the minimum wage starting in 2021 to keep pace with rising wages overall, and it eliminates the paltry $2.13 subminimum wage for tipped workers.

Stand with 35 million workers by calling on Congress to pass the Raise the Wage Act now!

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Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

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