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Federal Minimum Wage

Campaign/Legislation: Progressive and labor groups’ proposal for the next federal minimum wage bill

Details: 

  • Raise the federal minimum wage over five years to $12.00 by 2020 so as to fully restore the minimum wage to its value forty years ago
  • Adjust the minimum wage each year after that to keep pace with the annual increase in average wages, so that minimum wage workers enjoy the same pay gains as the rest of the workforce
  • Gradually phase out the tipped sub-minimum wage – which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 since 1991 – so that eventually tipped workers are paid the full minimum wage by their employers, with tips received being an addition to, not a substitute for, a fair paycheck

ResearchNew Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Substantial Minimum Wage Increase

Groups that have signed on to $12.00 proposal include (list in formation):

  • National Employment Law Project
  • Economic Policy Institute
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • Coalition on Human Needs
  • Restaurant Opportunities Center United
  • National Council of La Raza
  • Leadership Conference
  • Action for the Common Good
  • Mom’s Rising
  • Americans United
  • US Action
  • Working Families Organization
  • Bend the Arc
  • National Council of Jewish Women

Contact:  Judy Conti, National Employment Law Project, jconti@nelp.org

 

2015-2015 State Minimum Wage Campaigns


California

Campaign/Legislation: S.B. 3

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $13 by 2017
  • Adjust it each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in 2019

Research

Univ. of California, Berkeley - Ten Dollars or Thirteen Dollars? Comparing the Effects of State Minimum Wage Increases in California

 

Colorado

Campaign/LegislationHouse Concurrent Resolution 1001 and House Bill 1300

Details: 

  • Proposed 2016 ballot measure would raise state minimum wage to $12.50 by 2020
  • Allow cities and counties to enact higher local minimum wage laws

 

Connecticut

Campaign/LegislationS.B. 858

Details: 

  • Phase out the tipped sub-minimum wage in 2015

Contact:  Ana Maria Rivera, Connecticut Working Families Party, amrivera@workingfamilies.org

 

Delaware

Campaign/LegislationState Low Wage Taskforce Recommendations

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.27 by 2017
  • Index to inflation
  • Develop a proposal for raising key industries such as fast food and property services to $15 per hour in future years

Contact:  Amy Sugimori, SEIU 32BJ, asugimori@seiu32bj.org

 

Illinois

Campaign/Legislation: Raise Illinois

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $11 by 2019
  • Adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in 2020
  • Fight harmful proposals by business lobbyists to limit the ability of cities to enact higher minimum wages

Research:

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

 

Maine

Campaign/LegislationL.D. 843

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $12 by Oct. 2019
  • Adjust it each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in Oct. 2020
  • Gradually phase out the tipped sub-minimum wage by Oct. 2019
  • Pursue a 2016 ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour and gradually phase out the tipped sub-minimum wage if the legislature does not act

Contact:  Jesse Graham, Maine People’s Alliance, jesse@mainepeoplesalliance.org, (207) 990-0672

 

Massachusetts

Campaign/LegislationSD 852/HD 2835       

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2018 for large fast food and retail employers in Massachusetts

Contact:  Noah Berger, Mass. Budget & Policy Center, nberger@massbudget.org, (617) 426-1228 ext. 102

 

New York

Campaign/Legislation: #RaiseUpNY

Details: 

  • The coalition is fighting to raise the minimum wage for New York State to $14.50 by 2019 – and for New York City and other high cost counties to $15.50 – and adjust both rates after that to keep up with the rising cost of living
  • A broad based coalition is pushing for the state to adopt legislation, A.6006, that would raise the minimum wage to $12.60 for New York State and $15.00 for high-cost areas including New York City, Long Island and Westchester by December 1, 2018, and adjusting both based on the cost of living after that
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.50 for New York State and $11.50 for New York City

Research:  

Contact: Jessica Wisneski, Citizen Action of New York, jwisneski@citizenactionny.org, (845) 901-0264

 

Oregon

Campaign/Legislation: H.B. 2009

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2018
  • Continue adjusting the minimum wage each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living, as Oregon has done since 2004

ResearchOregon Center on Public Policy

Contact: Andrea Paluso, Family Forward Oregon, andrea@familyforward.org

 

Pennsylvania

Campaign/Legislation: Raise the Wage PA

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016
  • Adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living
  • Phase out the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers

Research: Keystone Research Center

Contact: John Dodds, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, JDoddsPUP@aol.com Kati Sipp, Working Families Organization, ksipp@workingfamilies.org

 

Rhode Island

Campaign/Legislation: H.B. 5074

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10, a measure supported by the Governor

 

Rhode Island

Campaign/Legislation: S.B. 291 and H.B. 5364

Details: 

  • Eliminate the tipped subminimum wage by 2020

 

Washington State

Campaign/Legislation: H.B. 1355

Details: 

  • Raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2019
  • Adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in 2020

Research: Economic Opportunity Institute

Contact: Jeff Johnson, WA State Labor Council, jjohnson@wslc.org, Andrew Beane, Working Washington, Andrew.Beane@seiu775.org

 

2015-2016 City Minimum Wage Campaigns


Los Angeles, CA

Campaign

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 by 2017 and adjusting it after that to keep pace with the rising cost of living
  • The coalition and members of the city council are proposing raising the minimum wage to $15.25

Research

Contact:  Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, kkwajitahidi@laane.org, Peter Kuhns, Association of Californians for Community Empowerment, pkuhns@calorganize.org

 

Washington, DC

Campaign:

  • Advocates are gearing up for a June 2016 city ballot initiative that would significantly raise the city’s minimum wage and address the city’s tipped subminimum wage

Contact:  Delvone Michael, DC Working Families Party, dmichael@workingfamilies.org

 

National Research:  City Minimum Wage Laws: Recent Trends and Economic Evidence on Local Minimum Wages

 

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