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Federal Minimum Wage

Campaign: U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller have introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015, and adjust it each year thereafter to keep pace with the rising cost of living. This bill would also raise the minimum wage for tipped workers from its current low rate of $2.13 per hour, where it has been frozen since 1991, to 70 percent of the full minimum wage.

Click here for more information on the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.

 

2014 State Legislative Campaigns:


Illinois

Campaign: Raise Illinois, a coalition of community, labor, business, and faith allies, has launched a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $10.65 per hour.

Contact: Ken Snyder, Raise Illinois, ken@raiseillinoisaction.com

 

New York

Campaign: The #1FairWage Coalition, organized by RaiseUpNY, has launched a campaign to eliminate the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers in New York through an administrative "wage order" issued by the Cuomo administration. A final wage order will be issued by the New York Department of Labor by February 2015.

Research: An Order of Fair Pay: Eliminating New York's Sub-Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

Contact: Tony Perlstein, Center for Popular Democracy, tperlstein@populardemocracy.org

 

2014 Ballot Campaigns


 

South Dakota

Campaign: A ballot measure will appear on the November 2014 ballot that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, boost the minimum wage for tipped workers, and index the minimum wage to rise with the cost of living in future years.

Contact: Zach Crago, South Dakota Democratic Party, zach@sddp.org

 

Alaska

Campaign: Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage, a coalition of labor and community advocates, have launched a campaign to place a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.75 per hour and index it to rise automatically each year with the cost of living.

Contact: Ed Flanagan, Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage, flano@acsalaska.net

 

Arkansas

Campaign: Give Arkansas a Raise Now has launched a campaign to place a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would raise the minimum wage in Arkansas to $8.50 per hour.

Contact: Steve Copley, Let Justice Roll, phone 501-626-9220

 

Nebraska

Campaign: Nebraskans for Better Wages has collected 135,000 signatures to place a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would raise the state's minimum wage to $9.00 per hour by 2016. The signatures, submitted July 3rd, are currently under review by the Secretary of State's office.

Contact: Tiffany Seibert Joekel, Coalition for a Strong Nebraska, tiffany@strongnebraska.org

 

2014 Citywide Campaigns:

Report:  City Minimum Wage Laws - Recent Trends and Economic Evidence on Local Minimum Wages

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San Francisco, CA

Campaign: Voters in San Francisco will consider a proposal on the ballot this November that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.

Research: San Francisco's Proposed City Minimum Wage Law: A Prospective Impact Study

 

Oakland, CA

Campaign: Voters in Oakland will consider a proposal on the ballot this November that would raise the city's minimum wage to $12.25 per hour by 2015.

Research: The Impact of Oakland's Proposed City Minimum Wage Law: A Prospective Impact Study

 

Chicago, IL

Campaign: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed raising Chicago's minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018 and indexing it to rise with the cost of living. 

Research: Raising Chicago's Minimum Wage: Background on the Proposal for a $15 City Minimum Wage for Chicago

 

Los Angeles, CA

Campaign: Mayor Eric Garcetti has introduced a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 by 2017 and to index the minimum wage to inflation.

Research: The Mayor of Los Angeles' Proposed City Minimum Wage Policy: A Prospective Impact Study

 

New York

Campaign: Governor Andrew Cuomo has backed a proposal to raise the state of New York's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and index it to inflation, while also permitting cities and counties across the state to set local minimum wages up to 30% higher than the statewide level -- which would allow New York City to enact a $13.13 minimum wage.

Research: Why New York State Should Let Cities and Counties Enact Higher Local Minimum Wages

 

Louisville, KY

Campaign: Louisville city council members have introduced a proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017.

 

Portland, ME

Campaign: Mayor Michael Brennan has introduced a proposal that would raise the city's minimum wage to $10.68 per hour by 2017 and index it to rise with the cost of living.

 

For more information about current citywide minimum wage proposals, please contact Paul Sonn at the National Employment Law Project (psonn@nelp.org)