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ISN Supports National Faith-Based Call to Raise the Minimum Wage

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BY ISN STAFFJuly 25, 2013

The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) has joined a diverse group of national faith-based organizations in calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage.  The support for the wage increase came in the form of a national sign-on letter sent to each member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives asking for their support of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (S. 460/H.R. 1010) introduced by Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller.  ISN joined twenty-nine other organizations of varying faith traditions including the U.S. Jesuit Conference, in signing the letter.

In reference to ISN’s participation in the national sign-on letter, Christopher Kerr, ISN Executive Director said, “The dignity of workers is at the core of Catholic Social Teaching.  Across the country, members of the Ignatian family walk in solidarity with individuals marginalized by minimum wage salaries that are insufficient for the growing cost of living.  The Fair Minimum Wage Act, if passed, can establish  a sustainable approach to maintaining the dignity of workers, as it relates to wages.  ISN is excited to partner with other faith-based organizations to educate and advocate for worker dignity.”

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would enact an increase in the the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2015 in three increments of 95 cents.  The bill would also provide for annual increases in the rate in future years to keep pace with the rising cost of living.  Lastly, for the first time in 22 years the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers from its current low rate of $2.13 by 95 cents per year until it is 70% of the regular minimum wage.

Click HERE to tell your senators and representative you support raising the minimum wage!

Additional Resources:
National Sign-On Later to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives dated July 24, 2013
Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (S. 460/H.R. 1010) Legislation
Minimum Wage: Gateway to Worker Dignity by Fred Kammer, S.J.

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 MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION:
Contact: Christopher Kerr, Executive Director
O – 216-397-2088 | ckerr@ignatiansolidarity.net

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