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The Petition

Dear Congressional Leaders:

The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and tipped minimum wage of $2.13 per hour is not enough salary to maintain any kind of dignified lifestyle or even most basic necessities. Despite a 23% increase in worker productivity since 2000, wages have remained flat for more than a decade. Had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity growth since 1968, its purchasing power today would be the equivalent of $16.54 per hour, instead of $7.25. Simply put, it's time for a raise.

Please act now to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.


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Petition FAQs

Why does my petition signature matter?

Strength in numbers. The more signatures we gather, the harder it is for elected officials and corporations to ignore our voices. We will deliver your signatures to Congressional leadership periodically as we reach various milestones: 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, etc. Reaching these numeric milestones will also help us fuel a more powerful media narrative that the general public is indeed behind a pay raise.

Who will be affected by a wage increase?

According to the Economic Policy Institute, 16.7 percent of restaurant workers live below the poverty line. Additionally, an estimated 27.8 million people would earn more money (whether directly or indirectly) under a proposal to lift the hourly minimum from $7.25 today to over $10 dollars by 2016.

But will an increase in wages kill jobs?

No. Most research indicates negligible, if non-existent, job loss, while some research even conveys a minor economic stimulus from raised wages (due to the increased consumer spending of people having a few extra bucks in their pocket).