A full-time worker in the U.S. today can live in poverty, and millions do.
The United States has become a "developing nation" in which most people lack economic security, MIT economics professor Peter Temin concludes in a new book. Already numerous studies had found that the United States trails behind many countries in economic mobility.
To quickly send an email to your members of Congress -- expressing support for a $15-an-hour minimum wage -- click here.
To meet very basic needs in most of the United States already requires a full-time job at $15 per hour or more. Bills are now being introduced in both houses of Congress to create that standard by 2024, by which time $15 will be worth less -- and in the years that follow it would become worth even less -- except that miraculously this new legislation finally takes the step of indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living.
Click here to easily send one email to your Representative and your two Senators telling them to pass these bills and to be sure to include indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living.
The "Raise the Wage Act of 2017" is being introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders and Patty Murray, and Representatives Bobby Scott and Keith Ellison. It needs our support!
A standard of $15 may not seem like much, but it more than doubles the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 -- and gradually brings the tipped-employees minimum of $2.13 up to $15 as well. (Several states have set higher minimum wages.)
Since 1968, the federal minimum wage has lost much of its value. And as long as the struggle to raise it goes on, we will have to fend off the same tired old lies about what a minimum wage does. But the past many years – with some states and cities increasing minimum and living wages -- have produced enough data to make it crystal clear that:
- The majority of people whose wages are raised, directly and indirectly, by minimum wage increases are not teenagers.
- Minimum wage increases do not significantly increase unemployment.
- Minimum wage increases greatly benefit the economy as a whole.
- Minimum wage increases are very popular with the general public.
Click here to move this basic standard of human decency forward now.
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