URGENT: Call Senator McConnell: Raise the minimum wage

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Make a call in support of raising the minimum wage.

Make a call to Senator McConnell and pressure him to stop the filibuster of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act of 2013, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Click below for a sample script and the number to call:

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Dear 5849376,

Raise the minimum wage — click here to take action.

Thanks in part to the tenacious activism of CREDO Action members and our allies, this week the Senate is holding a key vote on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and and index it so it rises automatically with the cost of living each year. The vote could happen as soon as today.

This bill will not pass the Senate if the Republicans continue with their unprecedented obstruction, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the biggest roadblock. We need to keep the pressure on by flooding his office with phone calls right now.

Call Senator McConnell: Tell him to stop the Republican filibuster of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act of 2013. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

The Minimum Wage Fairness Act is significant for a number of reasons. First, it would generate more than $22 billion in new economic activity, translating to 80,000 new full-time jobs as higher sales lead businesses to hire more employees, according to estimates by the Economic Policy Institute.1 Second, the legislation will index the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it automatically increases every year, giving workers a raise they can count on without having to wait for Congress to act.

Third, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act remedies an injustice that has persisted for decades - the freezing of the minimum wage for tipped workers at a meager $2.13 per hour. It would raise the tipped minimum wage to 70% of the federal minimum wage, and thereafter, index it as well. This is of particular importance for women workers, who make up a disproportionate part of not just the low-wage work force, but the tipped workforce as well.2

Lastly, raising the minimum wage is a necessary and common-sense step to take during a fragile economic recovery. According to a recent study, disproportionate numbers of new jobs created in the current economic climate are jobs in low-wage occupations like cashier and food preparation, where the minimum wage sets pay scales.3

America cannot afford another year of poverty jobs and economic stagnation while wealthy corporations and their CEOs keep getting richer. Now is the time for Congress to Act. Click below for a sample script and the numbers to call.

http://act.credoaction.com/go/4163?t=5&akid=10542.3291973.FDejce

Thank you for speaking out.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. David Cooper, "Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would lift wages for millions and provide a modest economic boost," Economic Policy Institute, December 19, 2013.
  2. Restaurant Opportunities Center United, "Tipped Over the Edge - Gender Inequity in the Restaurant Industry," rocunited.org, February 13, 2012.
  3. National Employment Law Project, "The Low Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality," Data Brief, August 2012.


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