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Fair Pay Depends on a Fair Minimum Wage

July 24, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

Fair Minimum Wage Act Poll GraphicPeople across the country are rallying in their communities and online today to mark the four-year anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase, and to call on Congress to prioritize passage of a measure that would help bring it up-to-date. That measure, the Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010), would increase both the federal minimum and sub-minimum wage rates — the latter, which applies to tipped workers, has been stuck at a measly $2.13 per hour for more than 20 years.

Raising the minimum wage would benefit women, their families and the economy in significant ways. Women’s wages are critical to the economic security of families. Yet women also make up the majority of tipped workers, who often suffer from low wages and a lack of family friendly policies like paid sick days. And they continue to experience harmful pay and pregnancy discrimination.

Ensuring women and all workers are paid fairly and well enough to keep food on the table and their families out of poverty is essential to the well-being of our nation. Four in five Americans agree that a living wage is important, saying they support efforts to increase the minimum wage. But Congress has been slow to act.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act should be a top priority for any lawmaker who supports working families and wants to strengthen our economy. It would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour to keep pace with the rising cost of living, and it would increase the sub-minimum wage to 70 percent of the full minimum wage rate. More than 30 million workers would see pay increases, the majority of whom are women.

The National Partnership is proud to join today’s efforts and support the fair, living wages all families need and deserve. For more information on efforts to increase the minimum wage and to get involved, check out RaiseTheMinimumWage.org from the National Employment Law Project (NELP).


Comments

Submitted by Mickey on August 22, 2013
I support the raise on min. wage. A lot of people would benefit!
Submitted by Ed on August 22, 2013
It is past time that we end the deplorable disparity in real wages in this country and bring about some meaningful fairness and balance in the wealth of all people. Putting more money in the hands of low to moderate wage earners will only spur the economy because they will invariably spend more creating more jobs, enlarge the tax base and help to reduce the deficit and debt of this country.
Submitted by TJoy on August 5, 2013
The cost of living keeps going up, so no wonder sooo many people are struggling to make ends meet. We have to have a LIVABLE minimum wage!
Submitted by Deborah on July 30, 2013
Thank you for all your hard work, National Partnership. Everyone who works deserves a fair standard of living.
Submitted by Sam on July 30, 2013
It's shameful that big companies pay workers $7.25 an hour. Let's keep the pressure on so wages change for the better.
Submitted by Emily F. on July 30, 2013
Thank you, National Partnership, for your efforts to improve economic security for women and families
Submitted by Katie on July 30, 2013
I recently heard from a waitress who worked a 5 hour shift cleaning the entire restaurant -- but because she only served one table, she went home with just $4. We need to raise the wage!
Submitted by Taylor C. on July 30, 2013
I can't believe the tipped minimum wage hasn't gone up in 20 years...we need change!
Submitted by Daisies99 on July 30, 2013
Very good points! We need to pay people fairly.

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