July 24th will mark 6 years from the last time the federal minimum wage has been raised. In the last 6 years, prices on lots of everyday items and basic needs like food and housing have gone up but millions of low-wage workers earn $7.25/hour, a poverty wage even at full-time hours.
The Raise the Wage Act gives Congress a chance to change this and help 35 million low-wage workers get a much-needed raise. This legislation will even gradually raise the wage for tipped workers, who now face a $2.13/hour minimum wage and have been stuck there even longer.
To show how broad support is for raising the minimum wage and to mark the July 24th anniversary, Fair World Project is joining other allies like National Employment Law Project, Organizing for Action, MomsRising, and Economic Policy Institute to present Congress with a petition in support of the Raise the Wage Act.
And mark your calendar now to participate on Facebook and Twitter in raising the profile of this important issue. Plan to tell your own story of how a higher minimum wage can or has helped you! Stay tuned for details.