Minimum Wage and Right to Work

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The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which translates to $15,080 for a full-time, year-round worker.  This is not a living wage, it is starvation pay.  According to the Living Wage Calculator developed by economists at MIT, the wage needed to pull a single worker out of poverty in Jackson County, Missouri, is $10.43 an hour.  Turning the minimum wage into a living wage is crucial to reducing poverty, tackling inequality and building a strong economy.

Luckily, elected leaders in cities and states around the country are beginning to recognize this fundamental truth.  In fact, workers in 22 states, plus the District of Columbia, will see their minimum wages increase in 2017.  In Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington, it was the voters themselves who approved ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in each of these states to more than $12 an hour.

 

Actions

Contact your elected officials on support of the Federal Minimum Wage.

Support legislation, such as the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to organize and bargain collectively.

Local Organizations

Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) – Working in over 100 congregations to build community and empower local leaders

Empower Missouri – KC Chapter – advocates for the well-being of all Missourians through civic leadership, education and research

Missouri Jobs with Justice – coalition of community, labor, student, and religious groups  in communities across the state

Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2) – congregations focusing on racial and economic justice through metropolitan equity and social change

Stand Up KC – fast food and retail workers from across KC coming together to demand good wages and a voice for low-wage workers

 

 

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