What Is Wrong With This Picture?
July 24th, 2012 marks the three-year anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage. Since that last increase, prices of basic goods such as milk, gas, and college tuition have climbed steadily, but the federal minimum wage remains stuck at $7.25 an hour -- just over $15,000 a year for a full-time worker.
It’s time for Congress to act: Working families and our economy as a whole cannot afford another year of stagnant wages. Let's raise the federal minimum wage and give workers and the economy the boost they need!
Sign the Petition: We are gathering petition signatures to build support for a raise in the minimum wage. The petition can be downloaded from the web or signed online and forwarded to friends, co-workers and family at.
Know The Facts: On July 26, 2012, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012, which would
- increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 by 2014;
- raise the tipped-worker minimum wage to 70 percent of the full minimum wage;
- index both to inflation thereafter.
If passed, this proposal would:
- Raise the wages of over 28 million workers
- Generate over $25 billion in new consumer spending
- Support the creation of over 100,000 new jobs
Polling: Extensive polling makes clear that Americans overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage, across all demographic, regional and political affiliations. According to a poll by Lake Research from last February, 73 percent of Americans support raising the minimum wage, including 74 percent of Independents and 50 percent of Republicans.
This time to act is now. Workers today are facing a one-two punch of sluggish job growth and stagnant wages. Raising the minimum wage would not only help working families make ends meet – it would also boost consumer demand, giving businesses the customer base they need to start hiring again.