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Get Ready to #RaisetheWage
The federal minimum wage has stagnated for years, leaving millions of workers throughout the country unable to feed their families and meet other basic needs. A full-time worker making minimum wage ends up $3,000 below the poverty line for a family of three after a year's wages. This is morally unacceptable; we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage.
Better wages mean a better world. A broad coalition, including UUSC, is coming together on July 24 for the National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage — and we need you to join us!
Why July 24? It marks the date when the federal minimum wage was last raised four years ago — to a measly $7.25 per hour. That has less buying power than the minimum wage did in 1968, when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these powerful words:
"It is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis and a full-time job getting part-time income. . . . We are tired of working our hands off and laboring every day and not even making a wage adequate with daily basic necessities of life."
On top of that, don't forget that the tipped minimum wage, which is only $2.13 per hour, hasn't been raised since 1991!
Thanks to former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins (one of my heroines!), last month marked a milestone for the minimum wage: the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This month, we need to focus on that last word — act — to continue her legacy and honor the hard work of millions of U.S. workers.
The first action step to prepare for July 24 is spreading the word. Tell your loved ones, your neighbors, your congregation members. Tell your kids, your community groups, your coworkers. Tell all your social networks — and not just once! Make sure you use the hashtag #RaisetheWage (even on Facebook). Not sure what to say? Check out some sample Tweets and Facebook posts below.
- Order up: living wages! When workers can't survive on #minimumwage, it's time to #RaisetheWage: uusc.org/minwage. Take action July 24!
- Food workers who can't afford to feed their families? Not right. Sign @UUSC statement: uusc.org/minwage; act on July 24. #RaisetheWage
- A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it. Sign @UUSC statement: uusc.org/minwage; take action July 24 to #RaisetheWage
- Average CEO of largest 500 U.S. companies makes before lunch what minimum wage worker makes all year. #RaisetheWage uusc.org/minwage
Sample Facebook posts
- U.S. income inequality is off the charts — literally. A recent report by the U.N. International Labor Organization noted that U.S. income inequality is so high that it could not fit on the same chart as 25 other industrialized nations. I'd say it's time to #RaisetheWage! Mark your calendars: July 24, the National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage. Sign UUSC's moral statement: uusc.org/minwage.
- The average CEO of one of the largest 500 U.S. companies makes as much money before lunch as a minimum wage worker makes in a whole year. Get ready for July 24, the National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage. Sign UUSC's moral statement: uusc.org/minwage. #RaisetheWage
- There are millions of full-time workers in the United States who can't afford to feed their families — it's time to #RaisetheWage! Mark your calendars: July 24, the National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage. Sign UUSC's moral statement: uusc.org/minwage.