5 reasons to raise the minimum wage to a living wage


5 reasons to raise the minimum wage to a living wage

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#1: Increasing the minimum wave would reduce poverty.

40% of Americans don't have $400 to cover an emergency.

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Increasing the federal minimum wage to $15/hr would lift 1.3 million people out of poverty.

[Photo of people marching to end poverty. Several people in the front row of the march hold a banner that reads, “End poverty now!” Behind them, many other people march with signs. Source: AP Photo / John Froschauer]

#2: A living wage would minimize the financial struggles caused by the pandemic.

The Intl. Labor Org. found that the pandemic destroyed 8.8% of all work hours in 2020 - 4x worse than the 2009 financial crisis.

This equates to a drop of $3.7 trillion in income globally.

A living wage will bolster the economy & help people get back on their feet.

Increased financial compensation to small businesses should accompany a living wage.

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#3: The minimum wage has not kept up with inflation.

The minimum wage reached its peak in 1968, which would equate to more than $12 today.

However, the current federal minimum wage is just $7.25 and has not changed since 2009.

[ Bar graph comparing the minimum wage of 1968 to the minimum wage of 2009 to present. 1968 is represented as a solid bar at $1.60 with a gradient bar above it, reaching up past $15, labelled “1968's minimum wage adjusted for inflation.” 2009 to present is represented as a solid bar at $7.25. ]

#4: People want it.

2/3 of Americans support raising federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Big business interests keep the government from listening to the people.

[ Photo of a group of people in purple shirts marching with signs that say “Justice can't wait!," “Poverty wages don't fly,” and “Lucha por $15 y un sindicato." Source: Mike Blake / Reuters ]

#5: It's the bare minimum.

Everyone deserves to live comfortably.

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