The current minimum wage today yields an annual salary of about $15,080—which is below the poverty level for any size family that includes even one child. It’s been five years since Congress raised the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25). As Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., (former president of Catholic Charities USA) says often, “raising the minimum wage is about dignity and it is about justice.”
In other words – it’s the moral thing we need to do as a nation.
Why else should you support raising the minimum wage for low-income workers:
- More than 30 million workers would receive a raise from the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013;
- 88% are adults over the age of twenty, 56% are women, nearly half are workers of color, and over 43% have some college education;
- More than 17 million children have a parent who would get a raise under the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013;
- The average affected worker brought home approximately 49% of their household’s income in 2011;
- 71% of tipped workers getting raises would be women – a key step for women’s pay equity.
On this 5th anniversary since the minimum wage was raised, join the U.S. Jesuit Conference and Ignatian Solidarity Network in calling on Congress to support this increase to the federal minimum wage via the Federal Minimum Wage Act.