Ralph Nader Writes Letters to Secretary Clinton, Urging Her to Support a $15 Minimum Wage

July 15th, 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 [...]

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Fixed: McDonalds on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Yesterday, McDonald’s ran the following full page ad in The New York Times in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. We didn’t think it told the true story.

Here’s our corrected, more accurate version of the ad.

Tweet this to @McDonalds and let them know it’s time to #RaiseTheMcWage

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Don’t you think it’s time for a raise?

Thirty million Americans are making less today, adjusted for inflation, than they did 45 years ago in 1968! If the 1968 minimum wage grew with inflation, it would be $10.67 today. Unfortunately the federal minimum wage is a miserly $7.25.  According to the Economic Policy Institute, U.S. CEOs of major companies earned 18.3 times more than a typical worker in 1965 and in 2012, CEO pay was 202.3 times more than typical worker pay. Don’t you think it’s time for a raise?
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Letter to Mayor Vincent Gray

July 17, 2013

Mayor Vincent Gray
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 316
Washington, D.C. 20004

Dear Mayor Gray:

As you gather the relevant information for your decision on the Large Retailer Accountability Act (passed by the D.C. Council which would require big box stores pay a $12.50 (minus benefits) minimum wage) please consider one reply to Walmart’s arrogant assertion of its indispensability in certain areas of the District of Columbia. I refer to the services offered by the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) which we pressed through Congress in 1978.

The NCB’s mission is to offer loans and technical assistance to start consumer cooperatives. Indeed the NCB is committed to serving low-income communities and has helped build retail and housing cooperatives in underserved areas.

Over the years, the NCB’s supply of loan capacity and technical assistance has not been tapped as fully as is possible – in part because few city officials around the country have heard of its mission and its unique availability. The NCB’s offices are at 2001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 625. It is worthwhile for you and/or your staff to visit their staff and determine what the NCB could do to help create modern retail cooperatives in the District.

I am sure that Charles E. Snyder the president of the NCB would be delighted to see you and discuss possibilities in the areas that the bullying Walmart is threatening to withdraw from unless the D.C. government surrenders to an unreasonable corporate ultimatum. With another announced $15 billion Walmart stock buyback over three years (enough to give $7000 each year to each of its associates) and with Walmart’s CEO, Mike Duke, making $11,000 an hour or nearly $200 a minute, Walmart’s lord of the [...]

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Ralph Nader to President Obama: It’s Your Sole Decision

Dear President Obama,

June 25th marked the 75th anniversary of the federal minimum wage law in the United States, known as the Fair Labor Standards Act. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed this legislation, his vision was to ensure a “fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” and to “end starvation wages.”

Seventy five years later, there are 3.6 million Americans working for pay at or below the federal minimum wage. More extensively, thirty million low wage workers are making less today, adjusted for inflation, than they did 45 years ago in 1968. They are working for a minimum wage that does not even reach the federal poverty line for a family of three and they cannot afford basic necessities like food, housing, transportation, and health care.

Had the minimum wage simply kept pace with inflation since 1968, it would stand at $10.70 per hour today instead of the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. In that time, the minimum wage has lost nearly one-third of its value while the prices of everything from food to housing to health care have been increasing – often at rates higher than inflation. Each year that the federal minimum wage is not increased, you and Congress are effectively telling low-wage workers that they are not worth as much as they were the year before and each of the dollars they earn gets stretched even further due to the effects of inflation.

Here’s where you can make a decisive executive decision.

Just about a month ago, federally contracted low-wage workers walked off the job and participated in some of the larger strikes the nation’s capital has seen in recent years. Despite the fact that they work indirectly for the federal government, they [...]

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