#1: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15
A basic moral principle that most Americans
agree on is no one who works full time should be in poverty, nor should their
Yet over time we’ve seen significant growth in
the “working poor” – people working full time, sometimes even 60 or more hours
each week, but at such low wages that they remain impoverished.
What to do?
is to raise the minimum wage to $15 an
hour. This is winnable. A powerful movement is fighting for $15 an hour and
they’re winning new laws in cities and states, and forcing companies to raise
If the minimum wage in
1968 had simply kept up with inflation it would be more than $10 today.
If it also kept up with the added productivity of American workers since
then, it would be more than $21 an hour.
Some opponents say minimum wage workers are
teenagers seeking some extra pocket money.
Wrong. Half are 35 or older, and many are key
breadwinners for their families.
And don’t believe scaremongers who say a $15
minimum will cause employers to cut employment.
More money in people’s pockets means more demand
for goods and services, which means