Raise the Minimum Wage

In the past 40 years the federal minimum wage has lost more than 30% of its value and would today be more than $10.60 per hour if it had kept pace with the cost of living. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers (currently $2.13 per hour) has not increased in over 20 years.

Working MotherDuring the month of March we have honored women and their contributions as part of Women’s History Month, but we know that we must continue to work for justice for women and their families throughout the year to come. While raising the minimum wage would positively impact 28 million Americans, this change would be especially important for women, who disproportionately hold low-wage jobs. Women make up 47% of the overall workforce, but hold 76% of the jobs in the ten largest low-wage occupations (occupations that typically pay less than $10.10 an hour). These occupations include childcare workers, cashiers, home health aides, waiters and waitresses, and food preparers.

Our current federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) does not provide economic security for women and their families. A woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage earns just $14,500—a meager salary which can’t always cover even basic expenses such as groceries and utilities. Rather than providing security and opportunity, the minimum wage is imposing poverty upon millions of hard-working Americans.

Congress now has the opportunity to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. This legislation would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, increase the tipped minimum wage to 70% of the minimum wage, and index both rates to keep pace with the rising cost of living.

As most of the job creation after the Great Recession has fallen into low-wage categories, raising the minimum wage is now more important than ever.

Addressing economic inequality is one of our 2014 legislative priorities and addressing the minimum wage is an important piece of this effort. As people of faith, we offer a unique message to those with the power to impact the well-being of our workers. Please join us in calling upon Congress to do the right thing.

Our Scripture is clear in its call for the fair and just treatment of laborers, as we hear in Deuteronomy 24 and Isaiah 65, which lift up a vision in which all participate in and share in the fruits of human labor. Tell your elected officials to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.

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