5849376, fight to raise the minimum wage in Iowa

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Dear 5849376,

At just $7.25 an hour, Iowa's minimum wage leaves a family of three stuck below the poverty line. Iowa workers earning minimum wage can't even afford to pay for an average two-bedroom apartment by working a standard 40-hour work week. Boosting Iowa's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would give a much-needed pay raise to an estimated 306,000 workers in the state.

Unlike workers in 21 other states that have a state minimum wage higher than the federal minimum, workers making the minimum wage in Iowa have earned just $7.25 per hour since 2009, despite inflation. Iowa workers deserve better.

We've set up a special page on CREDOMobilize.com that makes it easy to start a petition telling Iowa legislators to raise the state minimum wage. Starting your own petition only takes a few minutes and could build real pressure on Iowa legislators to raise the minimum wage.

Click here to find or start a petition to fight for a minimum wage increase in Iowa.

In 2013, we saw national momentum build for raising the minimum wage. President Obama declared his intention to raise the minimum wage, and two members of Congress introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 and indexed it to inflation.

But the thousands of Iowa workers who aren't earning a fair wage shouldn't have to wait for the federal government to take action. Now is the time for Iowa legislators to raise the minimum wage to a wage that is fair and would allow thousands of minimum wage workers to provide for their families without public assistance.

By raising the minimum wage in Iowa, legislators can also create desperately needed jobs by injecting more money into our local economy. Not only would the wages of workers currently making the minimum wage increase but thousands more who make just above the minimum would also see an automatic rise in their income. And because minimum-wage workers are more likely to be women, raising their income would also help close the gender gap in wages.

At a time when polls show that 67 percent of Americans support an increase in the federal minimum wage, it's important that we show Iowa legislators that we support an increase in the state minimum wage as well.

If nobody has started a minimum wage petition in Iowa yet, please consider starting one yourself.

Next week we'll choose one Iowa minimum wage petition that is well written and has demonstrated some momentum and email it to CREDO activists across the state.

Click here to find or start a petition to pressure legislators in Iowa to do what's right for their constituents and raise the state minimum wage to a fair level.

Thanks for fighting to raise the minimum wage in Iowa.

Murshed Zaheed, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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