Stand For A Living Wage With The Summer For Progress
by Amos Miers and Mike Fox, for Donna, Mike H., Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Dan, Judy, Dr. Bill, and the PDA Team
This month, during the Summer for Progress, we are organizing within a huge coalition for the People’s Platform—8 bills we’re urging all Democratic Representatives to cosponsor.
One of the bills, Sen. Sanders’ and Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott’s Raise the Wage Act, focuses on a Living Wage, which was the intent of president Franklin D. Roosevelt clear back in 1933: “By living wages, I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of a decent living.” (1933, Statement on National Industrial Recovery Act). And this was a cornerstone of his proposed “Second Bill of Rights”.
The Raise the Wage Act would raise the federal minimum wage to $9.25 this year and increase it over the next seven years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024.
We need the Raise the Wage Act. Once $15 is reached, it would adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with growth in the typical worker’s wages, a true Living Wage. It would also phase out the outdated subminimum wage for tipped workers, which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 since 1991 and phase out the sub minimum wage for workers under the age of 20.
Join PDA and leading progressive organizers to support this bill and 7 others in the Summer for Progress effort. Please click here to sign up to help organize an office visit at your Representative’s office.
No time to volunteer? Click here to help the effort with a kind contribution, and please make it monthly if you can, as this and other campaigns we will be working on will continue through the months ahead.
FDR was right those many years ago. And the Summer For Progress is working to fulfill that vision today.
Thanks so much for anything you can do.
Amos Miers and Mike Fox, for Donna, Mike H., Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Dan, Judy, Dr. Bill, and the PDA Team
PS: Check out this great vid from our petition delivery event July 25th.