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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.

Contact:  Arun Ivatury, Campaign Strategist, National Employment Law Project, aivatury@nelp.org (202)887-8202 ext 366

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, 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, 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: 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, zach@sddp.org

 

Alaska

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, flano@acsalaska.net

 

Arkansas

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

 

Nebraska

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 danielle.conrad1@yahoo.com or Senator Jeremy Nordquist (402) 578-6442

 

2014 Citywide Campaigns:


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

 

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.

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

 

Oakland, CA

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.

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

Contact: Jenny Lin, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, jenny@workingeastbay.org

 

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. The Raise Chicago coalition is campaigning for the City Council to go farther and raise the city's wage to $15 per hour.

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

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

 

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

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

 

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.

Contact: Flaco Aleman, Kentucky Jobs with Justice, flaco@kyjwj.org

 

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)