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If the U.S. federal minimum wage had kept pace with productivity since 1968, as it did for decades prior, it would now be over $24/hour.

If "raising" -- actually restoring value to -- the minimum wage harmed workers or caused unemployment, economists' studies wouldn't keep proving the opposite, states and localities wouldn't keep bowing to public pressure to set minimums above the federal level, and it would be workers themselves arguing against minimum wage laws rather than the same familiar bunch of wealthy lobbyists for hotels and restaurants.

Please join with RootsAction and our allies by adding your name to this petition:

We call on our Representatives and Senators to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration. American workers, and our families, have already waited too long.

SIGN HERE.

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The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and $2.13 for tipped workers. It's too low to afford rent, much less support a family, and keeps millions of workers stuck in poverty.


The solution to low pay is clear. By raising the minimum wage to $15, we can benefit nearly 40 million workers -- many of them currently risking their safety to perform essential services.

The U.S. House passed the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 that would have increased wages to $15 for more than a quarter of all U.S. workers, but the Senate refused to take up the bill. We need to increase the pressure.

Please sign the petition now!

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-- The RootsAction.org Team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

Background:
>> Dean Baker, Common Dreams, "If Worker Pay Had Kept Pace With Productivity Gains Since 1968, Today's Minimum Wage Would Be $24 an Hour"
>> Dave Oliver, The Guardian, "The evidence is clear: increasing the minimum wage doesn't cost jobs"




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