Working Poor in America

This report includes an overview of who the working poor are in America, the history of the minimum wage and why it is important to raise the minimum wage.

Source: Oxfam America


Working Poor in America Map

The map illustrates the percentages of low-wage workers who would benefit from a raise in the minimum wage to $10.10. The darker colors indicate higher concentrations of low-wage workers. Map can be sorted by district, state, and national level, as well as be gender and income level (below the poverty line vs. 200% below the poverty line)

Source: Oxfam America

CCHD and Catholic Charities Letter to Senators on Minimum Wage

“On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA, we write to express our concern with the ongoing decent jobs crisis as well as the resulting inequality in our communities and country. We urge you to consider closely any legislation that begins to heal our broken economy by promoting decent work and ensuring fair and just compensation for all workers.”

Source: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Date: January 8, 2014

Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign

A project of National Employment Law Project, Raise the Minimum Wage provides a rich selection of informational resources, quick facts, and ways to take action on minimum wage legislation.

Source: National Employment Law Project

100 Years of Broken-Record Opposition to the Minimum Wage

“This report documents the rhetorical onslaught launched by minimum wage opponents over the past 100 years. Rather than approaching these claims at face value, we step back and review how minimum wage opponents have presented their case through roughly a century’s worth of public statements, Congressional testimonies, editorials, media interviews, and other public records, devoting a critical eye to the trajectory of these criticisms over time.”

Source: National Employment Law Project / Cry Wolf Project
Date: 2013


Big 3 Myths Surrounding Minimum Wage

Interfaith Worker Justice’s responses to the big 3 minimum wage myths, plus 3 bonus myths.

Source: Interfaith Worker Justice

Fair Minimum Wage Act Policy Update

Judy Conti, National Employment Law Project, offers a policy update on the fair minimum wage act at the 2013 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice