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Thirteen Reasons why it’s Time for a Raise – #2 A higher federal minimum wage leads to lower employee turnover

A 2005 study showed that when San Francisco raised their minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, at the time one of the highest wages in the nation, employees were more likely to remain employed for longer periods of time. Moderate increases in the federal minimum wage result in lower employee separation: meaning lower turnover.

 

By |December 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Thirteen Reasons why it’s Time for a Raise – #2 A higher federal minimum wage leads to lower employee turnover

Boost minimum wage, help the economy

“What destroys a society is when people can’t afford to live in it.”

By |November 19th, 2015|Press|Comments Off on Boost minimum wage, help the economy

CNBC: Where the Candidates Stand on the Minimum Wage

From the Make it Work Campaign

By |November 18th, 2015|Press|Comments Off on CNBC: Where the Candidates Stand on the Minimum Wage

Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson: Wrong on Wages

DONALD TRUMP AND DR. BEN CARSON, WRONG ON WAGES

Washington, DC- November 11, 2015 – In last night’s debate, front runners Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson stated they oppose increasing the federal minimum wage.

When asked if he supported raising the minimum wage, Donald Trump said “We don’t win anymore. Our taxes are too high, wages too high — we’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”

“Mr. Trump, who has an annual income of approximately $250 Million according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, fails to recognize that the problem with wages isn’t at the bottom, but at the top. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CEOs in the United States earn over 350 times as much as the average worker. In Germany, which has the fourth highest GDP, CEOs make 147 times as much as average employees, according to the OECD. In the United Kingdom, one of the most powerful economies in the world, CEOs only make 84 times as much as their workers. If Mr. Trump is serious about wages being too high, he should call for a cap on the executive pay instead of forcing hard-working Americans to survive on a poverty wage.” said Frank Garvey, organizer with Time for a Raise.

According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, if the minimum wage had kept up with productivity, it would be $21.72 an hour today. Instead, it is currently $7.25 an hour, or $15,080 a year.

Dr. Ben Carson, the other top contender in the GOP nomination said that, “Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases. This is particularly a problem in the black community. Only 19.8% of black teenagers have a job, or […]

By |November 11th, 2015|Press|Comments Off on Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson: Wrong on Wages

From the Des Moines Register: Stories of People on the Minimum Wage.

News from Iowa: Minimum wage debate: Meet people living on it

By |November 10th, 2015|News Coverage|Comments Off on From the Des Moines Register: Stories of People on the Minimum Wage.

Letter to Donald Trump

November 3rd, 2015

 

Dear Mr. Trump,

 

Over the past year, there have been advances in wages for workers. Many cities and states have increased their minimum wages providing millions of impoverished of Americans with a long-overdue raise. But at the federal level, progress is nonexistent. Because of party infighting, futile “Obamacare” repeal efforts and corporate lobbying, there has been too little focus on long-needed relief for suffering Americans.

 

You should follow through on interest in “making America great again” by supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage. Surely as a man of business you must know that it is not economically sustainable to pay employees substandard wages? Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage in 1968 would amount to about $11 per hour, significantly above the current $7.25 an hour. Does that seem fair when the CEO of Walmart makes over $12,000 an hour and lavish benefits?

 

Here are some facts about raising the minimum wage for you to consider:

 

You can’t survive on $7.25. A worker making the federal minimum earns approximately $15,000 gross a year, far below the $24,000 poverty threshold for a family of four.
The current minimum wage stifles economic growth. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power, meaning that working Americans have far less than they need to spend on necessities
A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer people on welfare: A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to a savings of $7.6 billion annually in social welfare programs.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. According to a poll by Hart Research 75% of all Americans support a minimum wage hike, including 53% of all Republicans. And […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Correspondence|Comments Off on Letter to Donald Trump