Campaigns

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:

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Massachusetts

Campaign: Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of more than fifty community, faith, and labor organizations, is working to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, boost the minimum wage for tipped workers to 60 percent of the full minimum wage, and index both wage rates to rise each year with the cost of living. The campaign is collecting 100,000 signatures of registered voters this fall to qualify the proposal for the November 2014 ballot. A parallel effort is also underway to pass this proposal in the state legislature, where bills filed by Senator Marc Pacheco, Representative Antonio Cabral, and 58 other legislators are currently pending. This coalitions is also supporting a companion ballot measure on earned sick time.

Contact: Lew Finfer, Massachusetts Communities Action Network, lewfinfer@gmail.com

 

Maryland

Campaign: Raise Maryland, a coalition of labor, community, and faith advocates, has launched a campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, boot the minimum wage for tipped workers to 70 percent of the full minimum wage, and index both wage rates to rise each year with the cost of living.

Contact: Mat Hanson, Raise Maryland Campaign Coordinator, mhanson@workingfamilies.org

 

Minnesota

Campaign: Building off the near-passage of a minimum wage increase during the 2013 legislative session, a coalition of labor and community organizations will launch a campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage to at least $10.00 per hour and index it to rise each year with the cost of living.

Contact: Liz Doyle, Take Action Minnesota, liz@takeactionminnesota.org

 

Hawaii

Campaign: A coalition of faith and community advocates have launched a campaign to raise Hawaii’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and to index the minimum wage to rise each year with the cost of living.

Contact: Drew Astolfi, Faith Action for Community Equity, drewastolfi@facehawaii.org

 

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: Katelyn Johnson, Action Now, kjohnson@actionnow.org

 

 

2014 Ballot Campaigns

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South Dakota

Campaign: A coalition of advocates, led by the South Dakota Democratic Party, have filed a petition to place a measure 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, scopley@letjusticeroll.org

 

Michigan

Campaign: Raise Michigan has launched a campaign to increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, index it to the cost of living, and set the tipped minimum wage equal to the value of the full minimum wage.

Contact: Ryan Bates, Michigan United, ryan@miunited.org or Frank Houston, ROC-Michigan, frankahouston@gmail.com

 

District of Columbia

Campaign: DC Working Families has launched a campaign to place a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would raise the District's minimum wage to $12.50 per hour, boost the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the full minimum wage, and index both wages to rise each year with the cost of living.

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