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NELP's Executive Director, Christine Owens, documents her time taking the Live the Wage Challenge, a one-week exercise that supporters of raising the minimum wage undertook to boost awareness of what it’s like to try to get by on $7.25 an hour. The ground rule was simple: Try getting by for seven days on $77, the estimated amount the typical minimum wage worker has for food, transportation and incidentals, after taxes and paying for housing and utilities.

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Is the Fight for $15 the New Eight-Hour Day Movement?

Marking the first national fast food workers’ convention last weekend, Jack Temple, policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project, writes at the Huffington Post likening the current workers’ movement for a minimum $15 per hour wage to that of the late 19th and early 20th century for an eight-hour workday.

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White House Honors NELP’s Christine Owens for Efforts to Raise Wages

On July 22nd, the White House honored NELP Executive Director Christine Owens and eight other advocates and community leaders as “Champions of Change” for their efforts to raise wages for working women and men around the country.

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Break in the Ranks: GOP Leaders Now Calling for a Minimum Wage Increase

With the federal minimum wage remaining stuck at just $7.25 per hour for nearly five years now, a growing number of Republicans leaders and conservative commentators have started calling on GOP members of Congress to end the gridlock and allow a vote on a minimum wage increase that would boost pay for an estimated 28 million low-wage workers across the country.

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A New Campaign to Fight Poverty Locally in New York

In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama urged local and state leaders across the country to take action to raise the minimum wage: “To every mayor, governor, state legislator in America, I say you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on.”

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Hawaii Joins the $10.10 Club, and Sets the Nation’s Highest Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

Hawaii just joined the $10.10 club. Thanks to the work of a broad coalition of faith leaders, workers, labor allies, and community members in the state, the Hawaii legislature today passed a bill that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018.

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How much the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. Instead, it’s $7.25. Learn More


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