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$13.50 Minimum Wage Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot in Washington State!

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By |July 6th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on $13.50 Minimum Wage Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot in Washington State!

DNC Platform Draft to Include a $15 Minimum Wage

“Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union.”

 

More available here.

By |July 6th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on DNC Platform Draft to Include a $15 Minimum Wage

EPI: Baltimore’s Minimum Wage Proposal Would Benefit 98,000

“Our analysis describes the demographics of these workers in great detail. I will simply note here that among the workers who would benefit from the higher minimum wage in Baltimore:

The overwhelming majority are adults—only 4.3 percent are teens;
The majority (55 percent) are women;
The majority (54.2 percent) are black, and more than two-thirds (68.4 percent) are people of color;
More than a quarter (28 percent) are parents;
Nearly three-quarters work full time;
The largest concentrations of affected workers work in accommodation and food service, retail, office support, residential and child care, ambulatory care, hospitals, and other services such as janitorial and personal care services; and
The majority are city residents. Roughly 44 percent of the city’s total workforce lives within Baltimore, yet more than 60 percent of the beneficiaries of the proposal live in Baltimore—meaning that city residents will disproportionately benefit from the higher minimum wage. In fact, resident workers are more than twice as likely as commuters to be affected by the proposal: 37.8 percent of Baltimore resident workers will get a raise, compared with 18.7 percent of commuters.

These estimates account for the increases in the state minimum wage that will raise the prevailing state minimum wage to $10.10 by 2018. They also include workers in tipped occupations who will be affected by the proposed increase in the tipped minimum wage through 2020. We do not incorporate any effects for tipped workers in later years.”

 

More at: http://www.epi.org/publication/a-15-baltimore-city-minimum-wage/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=a2d9b51854-EPI_News_06_17_20166_17_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-a2d9b51854-58319305

By |June 20th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on EPI: Baltimore’s Minimum Wage Proposal Would Benefit 98,000

Testimony to the DNC Platform Committee

 

Members of the Platform Committee, I want to thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony regarding an increase in the minimum wage.

My name is Frank Garvey, I’m an organizer with Time for a Raise, an advocacy project of Ralph Nader’s Center for Study of Responsive Law that advocates for a $15 minimum wage at the federal, state and local levels.

It is time that the DNC take a bold progressive stance and adopt a plank supporting a $15 minimum wage.

A $15 will help to address the growing wage gap that exists in this country. Imagine McDonald’s, where an employee can make $8.25 an hour, while their CEO makes $2000.00 an hour.

Over the past forty years, the minimum wage has lost one-third of its purchasing power. If it had kept up with inflation since 1968, it would be $10.93 today. If the minimum wage was even raised to just $15, it would provide a much needed raise to over fifty-one million Americans.

Raising the minimum wage has broad public support. A poll from 2015 by Hart Research found that 63% of Americans would support raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour and 82% support tying it to the rate of inflation.

Moreover, raising the minimum wage would have a sizable positive impact on public assistance programs in the United States. The Center for American Progress estimates that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would cause a 6 percent decrease in people enrolled in SNAP programs, saving taxpayers forty-six billion dollars over the next decade. Since many of the people forced to rely on public assistance programs are, in fact, employed and receiving sub-standard wages from some of our biggest corporations such as Wal-Mart, Burger King, […]

By |June 7th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on Testimony to the DNC Platform Committee

Time for a Raise’s Testimony to the DC City Council

Members of City Council, good morning. My name is Frank Garvey, I am an organizer with Time for a Raise, a project of the Center for Study of Responsive Law that advocates for a higher minimum wage at the federal, state and local level. I am glad to sit here today in favor of a raise.

 

For far too long, the District of Columbia has become too expensive for working class families. Since 2000, the median housing price has tripled, the Consumer Price Index has increased 42% and the minimum wage has stayed too low.

 

Even with the planned hike to $11.50 this summer, it simply is not enough. I know that I could not survive on the $24,000 annually that would provide, and I doubt that many in this room could.

 

Raising the minimum wage will have tremendous economic benefits for DC residents. A recent study from the Economic Policy Institute found that raising the minimum wage will provide a raise to 114,000 working people in the DC metro area.

 

This creates a ripple effect. With 114,000 people earning more, they spend more, For every dollar an hour that a person’s wages are raised, they will earn an extra $2,900 an hour. This is money that is spent in the community, at small businesses, grocery stores and restaurants all throughout the District, creating an economic stimulus of $329 million.

 

This wage increase wouldn’t just be an increase for DC’s teenage population. 98% of all minimum wage earners in the District are over the age of 20 and who, on average, are their family’s primary source of income. To increase the minimum wage would put more money in the pockets of 80,000 parents.

 

There are people who will claim that […]

By |June 7th, 2016|Legislation|Comments Off on Time for a Raise’s Testimony to the DC City Council

DC to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour.

From the Washington Post:

“D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s proposal to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour passed a committee vote Wednesday, setting up a final series of votes on the measure by the D.C. Council this month.

The council so far appears likely to keep intact the bulk of Bowser’s plan: matching New York City and California with one of the nation’s highest hourly minimums. The District’s minimum wage would increase by about 70 cents a year, reaching $15 by 2020. After that, it would be indexed to inflation, probably rising a couple of percentage points each year.”

 

More available here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-council-advances-bill-for-15-minimum-wage/2016/06/01/d8231870-2843-11e6-b989-4e5479715b54_story.html

By |June 2nd, 2016|Legislation, News Coverage|Comments Off on DC to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour.