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.
Contact: Arun Ivatury, Campaign Strategist, National Employment Law Project, firstname.lastname@example.org (202)887-8202 ext 366
2014 State Legislative Campaigns
Campaign: Raise Illinois, a coalition of community, labor, business, and faith allies, is campaigning to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $10.65 per hour. After Illinois voters on November 4, 2014, approved a non-binding referendum to raise the minimum wage to at least $10 per hour by a 67-33 margin, the legislature is expected to address the minimum wage late in the year.
Contact: Ken Snyder, Raise Illinois, email@example.com
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.
Contact: Tony Perlstein, Center for Popular Democracy, firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Ballot Campaigns
Campaign: VICTORY! A ballot measure on the November 2014 ballot that would raise South Dakota’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 was passed by voters with a reported 54.9 percent approving.
Contact: Zach Crago, South Dakota Democratic Party, email@example.com
Campaign: VICTORY! Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage, a coalition of labor and community advocates, campaigned 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. The ballot measure was approved by voters on November 4 with a reported 68.8 to 31.2 percent margin.
Contact: Ed Flanagan, Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage, firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign: VICTORY! Give Arkansas a Raise Now campaigned to place a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would raise the minimum wage in Arkansas to $8.50 per hour, and the measure was passed by voters on November 4 with a reported 65 percent voting in favor.
Contact: Steve Copley, Let Justice Roll, phone 501-626-9220
Campaign: VICTORY! Nebraskans for Better Wages 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 ballot initiative was passed by voters on November 4 with a reported 59 percent voting in favor.
Contact: Nebraskans for Better Wages - Senator Danielle Conrad (402) 432-3394 email@example.com or Senator Jeremy Nordquist (402) 578-6442
2014 Citywide Campaigns:
San Francisco, CA
Campaign: VICTORY! On November 4, 2014, voters made San Francisco the second major U.S. city to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour. Voters approved the measure to raise the city minimum wage to $15, with a reported 76 percent in favor.
Campaign: VICTORY! On November 4, 2014, voters in Oakland approved raising the city's minimum wage to $12.25 per hour by 2015 -- together with a guarantee of paid sick days. The measures passed easily, with a reported 80 percent voting in favor.
Contact: Jenny Lin, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The Raise Chicago coalition is campaigning for the City Council to go farther and raise the city's wage to $15 per hour.
Contact: Katelyn Johnson, Action Now, email@example.com
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.
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.
Campaign: Louisville city council members have introduced a proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017.
Contact: Flaco Aleman, Kentucky Jobs with Justice, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com).
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