February 12, 2014
Whether you are reading it in the newspaper, hearing about it in the State of the Union address, or participating in state campaigns, you have undoubtedly noticed a lot of buzz about raising the minimum wage. People throughout the country are speaking up about an outrage: a minimum wage that keeps workers in poverty.
Unitarian Universalists have a very important role to play in this national dialogue. We can bring our values to the fore, speak up for the dignity and respect of workers, and make sure that this is seen as a moral issue, not just an economic one.
Now we need action. July 24, 2014, will mark 5 years without a raise to the federal minimum wage and 23 years without a raise to the tipped minimum wage (which is a paltry $2.13 an hour). This is outrageous! And it’s time to change it.
There is a lot to do, and we ask you to do your part — whether as an advocate, consumer, business owner, or worker — to help us continue building momentum. Can you commit to do at least two of these actions in the next month? Let us know you're committed.
- Help us influence powerful corporations: send a message to Darden asking them to support workers’ rights and raising the minimum wage.
- Call the Senate right now at 866-204-2557 and ask them to raise the minimum wage. Senators will be debating the minimum wage in the coming weeks and we need them to hear from you — especially that you support raising the tipped minimum wage.
- Share the minimum wage statement by Rev. Peter Morales and Rev. Bill Schulz — which highlights the issue as a moral imperative — with your friends and community members. E-mail the link (uusc.org/minwage) or download a pdf of the statement and hold a Signature Sunday!
- On February 13 (2/13), participate in a day of action organized by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United. Events will be held in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other locations.
- Organize your congregation to take action with the CCC Community Coordinator Tool Kit. Made up of five training modules, the tool kit includes tools and resources to help leaders like you take this campaign to the next level — and bring members of your community along.
- Sign up for a webinar on February 25 and learn how to organize your congregation or community to advocate for workers’ rights and raising the minimum wage.
- If you are a business owner who supports raising the minimum wage, sign this statement. Thousands of business owners, large and small, across the country support raising the minimum wage.
Ready to help increase the minimum wage? Sign up and let us know we can count on you now and in the future.