This upcoming Tuesday, July 24th will mark the three-year anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage. Since that last increase, the 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.
That amounts to just over $15,000 a year for a full-time worker, a total yearly salary that comes in at more than $7,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four.
Although the federal minimum wage hasn’t kept up with inflation, CEO pay has increased 725% over the last 30 years and 80% of all real income growth has gone to the richest 1% of Americans.
We have some serious catching up to do if we’re going to make our country a place where people who work for a living can actually live off those wages and support their families.
Join your union and Portland Commissioner-Elect Steve Novick for a rally for good jobs and to raise the minimum wage. Together we can put more money in the hands of the 99%.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Ross Center: 11211 SE 82nd, Portland,
OR (near Pier 1 Imports and Ross Dress for Less)
Become a part of the fight for a raise for America’s workers by signing our petition at https://seiu503.seiu.org/page/signup/we_need_a_raise to call on Congress to raise the minimum wage and let us know if you will rally with us.
More than a million people have already signed the petition. Your action helps keeps the momentum going.