The federal minimum wage has not been adjusted for the increased cost of living in nearly a decade. And at $7.25 per hour, it is now more than 25 percent below where it was in real terms half a century ago.
The newly introduced “Raise the Wage Act of 2019” would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, index the minimum wage to the national median wage, and phase out the “tipped minimum wage” of $2.13 for tipped workers.
Data show that this would directly or indirectly lift the wages of 41.5 million working people and generate $144 billion in additional income for families who need it most.
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Research by the Economic Policy Institute shows that tipped minimum wage workers are better off in cities and states where they are paid the full minimum wage — and the restaurant industry in those places continues to thrive.
Fight for $15 striker Tiffany Lowe from Memphis, Tennessee said at the introduction of the bill in Washington, DC:
"Today, I am joined by underpaid workers from across the country to say that everyone who works — no matter where they’re from — everyone deserves to be paid enough to lead a decent life and provide for their family. It was unbelievable six years ago that 200 fast food workers in New York would walk off the job for $15 and a union and walk back into their shops. Now the demand for $15 has grown into an undeniable movement of underpaid workers. By sticking together and acting like a union, workers in the Fight for $15 completely changed what’s possible, and made $15 an hour the new baseline for decent pay in America.
"No matter where we live, no matter our race, religion, or background, we are ALL worth more."
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