Take a look at Ralph’s op-ed that ran in the Boston Globe!
Check out Ralph’s column about the 2016 candidates and the minimum wage in the Huffington Post!
July 22nd: Senator Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey and Representatives Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison have introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The bill, titled the Pay Workers A Living Wage Act, will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and eliminate the different tipped minimum wage.
For more info watch the video below:
Ralph Nader Writes Letters to Secretary Clinton, Senator Webb and Governor Chafee Urging Them to Support a $15 Minimum Wage
July 21st, 2015
Dear Secretary Clinton:
At the Fight for $15 conference last June, you said that you wanted to be the “champion” of low wage workers, and that you want to fight with low wage workers every day. So why won’t you support a living wage to help them?
As the 2016 election gets underway, is it not important that you take a strong stance on raising the minimum wage? You have not yet proposed a plan that includes raising the minimum wage from the $7.25 federal level to a level that will allow Americans to pay for the necessities of life, except that you don’t support a universal $15 minimum wage.
Today, over half a million people are living below the poverty line in Iowa in New Hampshire. At $7.25 an hour, a single mother with children working a full time job can expect to make approximately $15,000 a year, far less than the $24,000 federal poverty line for a family of four.
For the past several decades, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, and the federal minimum wage hasn’t come close to keeping up with the rate of inflation since 1968. A study by the Economic Policy Institute says that raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour would give thirty-five million Americans a raise.
The Center for American Progress has estimated that just by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour there would be a 6 percent decrease in the number of individuals on public assistance programs, and would save the country forty billion dollars a year over the next decade.
Raising the minimum wage is a position that has overwhelming support from the public. A recent survey from the National Employment Law […]
Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable John Boehner Speaker of the House
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell,
In your comments after the Republican midterm victories last week, both of you struck a conciliatory tone, pledging to lead your now-bicameral legislative majority in a way that reflects the public sentiment and is open to reaching across the aisle. You would be hard-pressed to find a better chance to turn this rhetoric into reality than the opportunity you have this month to bring a minimum wage raise to a vote in this Congress’ final session.
The midterms results were yet another display of the public sentiment behind a minimum wage raise. On the day of your electoral victory, voters in four states — Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Alaska — checked “Yes” for raises in the minimum wage on the same ballot that they used to elect four new Republicans to the Senate. Their votes match nearly all public opinion polling about the minimum wage, which American workers have witnessed erode from an inflation-adjusted level of $10.92 per hour in 1968 to a miserly level of $7.25 per hour today. The results of a Pew Poll on inequality from the start of the year illustrates this public sentiment: 73% of Americans — including 53% of Republicans and 71% of independents — support increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Republican politicians outside of the Washington echo chamber have gotten the message, too: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Santorum all have acknowledged that it is time for a raise.
What message will it send to voters if your first act of leadership after the midterms is blocking a vote […]
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Statement by Ralph Nader on Colorado Senate Race: “Cory Gardner: Fringe on the Minimum Wage”
Over the years, Cory Gardner has not held back from letting Coloradans know how staunchly opposed he is to minimum wage raises. In 2006, he opposed a ballot initiative to raise the Colorado minimum wage. In 2007, he again voted against raising the Colorado minimum wage. And earlier this year, he spoke out against pending legislation to modestly raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
What he is not letting on, though, is how fringe his minimum wage position is relative to history, modern economics, business interests, conservative principles and the public sentiment.
Fringe relative to history: The federal minimum wage is as American as Elvis, enacted in 1938 by an overwhelming majority in Congress. It has been raised over 20 times and has despite nearconstant crywolfs by corporate lobbyists never caused a problem. As Republican Congressman Don Young put it, “I have been through three different minimum wage increases and I have not seen that much of a negative impact to our economy.” A raise in the federal minimum wage today from $7.25 to $10.10 benefitting tens of millions of American workers would be no different. In fact, today’s push for a higher minimum raise is less of a raise in the minimum wage and more of a restoration of the minimum wage, seeing as the minimum wage 46 years ago was $10.94, adjusted for inflation.
Fringe relative to economics: Earlier this year, seven Nobel Prizewinning economists and eight former presidents of the American Economic Association endorsed a higher minimum wage, arguing the “a minimumwage increase would provide a muchneeded boost to the earnings of […]