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Letters with Walmart

The following PDF’s are the letters sent between Ralph Nader and Walmart.

Walmart Minimum Wage Letter — 7-2-2012
Minimum Wage – Walmart Response 4-4-13
Minimum Wage – Walmart Bill Simon Response – 5-16-2013

By |December 23rd, 2013|Correspondence|Comments Off on Letters with Walmart

Ralph Nader Letters to Corporate Dollar Store CEOs

Read Ralph Nader’s letters to the CEOs of Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General.

Letter to Family Dollar CEO Howard R. Levine

Letter to Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser

Letter to Dollar General CEO Richard W. Dreiling

By |December 9th, 2013|News Coverage, Resources|Comments Off on Ralph Nader Letters to Corporate Dollar Store CEOs

Who Got Pay Raises This Decade? D.C. Councilmembers or D.C. Minimum Wage Workers?

The D.C. Council is currently debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $11.50, a level that would:

Catch up to the peak federal minimum wage in 1968 which, adjusted for inflation, would be $10.77 today.
Set the minimum wage at 41% of the median wage, which is much closer to both: (1) the “half the median wage” benchmark that most OECD countries use to set a minimum wage value; and (2) the minimum-to-median ratio that the United States itself had during the 1960’s and 1970’s, which set the minimum wage at, on average, 48% of the median wage.
Set District wages — assuming that the Prince George’s County and Montgomery County $11.50 minimum wage initiatives pass — at the same level as surrounding Maryland districts.
Be 86% of the District living wage of $13.40 set by the Living Wage Act of 2006, which ensures a living wage for employees of firms that have contracts with the city.
Index the minimum wage to inflation, so we need not re-legislate this issue every few years.

Some Councilmembers are buying into industry spin and dragging their feet on supporting the much-needed raise for low wage workers in the district.  We put together this graph to ask:

D.C. Council: Why drag your feet on a raise for minimum wage workers while happily accepting raises for yourselves?

 If the D.C. minimum wage grew with the D.C. council wage since 2006, it would be $27.60 today!  If it only grew at half the Council wage, it would be $17.22!  Where does it stand?  A miserly $8.25, while the D.C. councilmember wage has shot up to $65.23 per hour.

Even worse, because the minimum wage is not indexed to inflation, minimum wage workers are set to lose $17,555 between 2011 […]

By |November 22nd, 2013|News Coverage, Resources|Comments Off on Who Got Pay Raises This Decade? D.C. Councilmembers or D.C. Minimum Wage Workers?

Letter from Ralph Nader to Grover Norquist About Minimum Wage

Read the letter here.

By |November 14th, 2013|Press, Resources|Comments Off on Letter from Ralph Nader to Grover Norquist About Minimum Wage

Letter to President Obama on the 75th anniversary of the first lasting federal minimum wage law (PDF)

Click here to read the letter.

By |June 25th, 2013|Resources|Comments Off on Letter to President Obama on the 75th anniversary of the first lasting federal minimum wage law (PDF)

Lost Wages: Over a Quarter Million Reasons to Increase the Inflation-Gutted Minimum Wage

New Report Reveals the Amount of Wages a Minimum Wage Worker Has Been Deprived of Since 1968

June 13, 2013

A new report, Lost Wages, released today by the Center for Study of Responsive Law’s TimeForARaise.org project, revealed that a single minimum wage worker continually working from 1968 to today on the lagging federal minimum wage would have been deprived of about $293,735 in wages. The report explained that individual minimum wage workers have lost nearly $300,000 in wages since 1968 because of countless Congress’ and Presidents’ failures to make sure the federal minimum wage at least kept pace with inflation. Since 1968, the minimum wage has lost nearly one third of its inflation adjusted value. Had the federal minimum wage simply kept pace with inflation in that time, it would stand at nearly $10.70 per hour today instead of the present federal minimum wage of $7.25.

“It is time for a raise. Thirty million Americans can’t afford to wait any longer. They should be earning at least what they did 45 years ago, adjusted for inflation. It is time to catch up with 1968!” said Ralph Nader.

Seventy-five years ago this month, on June 25, 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing the first lasting federal minimum wage in the United States. On this 75th anniversary of the federal minimum wage, this report serves as a stark reminder that low-wage workers in America have been left behind.

Starting in 2013, each year the minimum wage is not increased, minimum wage workers lose over $7,000 in wages. Last year alone, the report estimates, 3.6 million minimum wage workers were deprived of about $15.3 billion in wages.

“Every year that Congress and the President fail to raise the […]

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