The 99% need a raise. While CEOs make millions and corporations make billions, we are struggling to make ends meet. Increasingly middle class jobs have been replaced by low‐wage work and millions of Americans have lost the chance to realize their dreams.
In this economy, putting more money into the pockets of ordinary Americans is a no brainer. The minimum wage can’t support our families. $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage, amounts to only $15,080 a year. That’s more than $7000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four. People who work for a living should be able to support their families and live off their wages.
The bottom line is that people who work for a living put their money right back into our economy. What business in this country needs right now is customers and the problem is that too many people aren’t making enough money to get by right now. If we reduce income inequality, we will boost our economy, help small business grow, and create jobs.
July 24th – National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage
On July 24, which marks the date when the minimum wage was last raised three years ago, a broad coalition of groups will mobilize low-wage workers and community activists to take to the streets to demand that Congress, the presidential candidates, and low‐wage employers support an increase in the federal minimum wage.