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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.

 

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Letter to Gov. Mike Huckabee

November 3rd, 2015

 

Dear Governor Huckabee,

 

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.

 

Governor, you have stated time and again that it is the federal minimum wage is not enough to live on. It is time to raise it so that people can earn enough to live on.  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 a separate poll by the […]

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Letter to Gov. Jim Gilmore

November 3rd, 2015

Dear Governor Gilmore,

 

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 have spent a great deal of time talking about growing the economy for the middle class. One of the best ways to do that would be to come out in favor of a strong federal minimum wage. 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 a separate […]

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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 […]

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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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