On Tuesday, 200 ULTCW members, along with other working people demonstrated in protest of low wages at the Burlington Coat Factory in Inglewood; which used to be owned by Mitt Romney’s investment firm, Bain Capital. Burlington has not paid its fair share in taxes for many years, yet forces its employees to work for a very low minimum wage.
Now more than ever, we need to get our economy back on track, and put more money in the hands of working families across this country.
That’s why we need your help. Together with like-minded progressive organizations, we’re telling Congress that the 99% of Americans need a raise.
Click here to tell congress that it’s time to raise the federal minimum wage.
Putting money into the pockets of ordinary Americans would give a much-needed boost to our economy. Small businesses would grow and hire, and we’d put thousands of American families back to work. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA7) have introduced federal minimum wage legislation that if passed, would:
- Raise the federal minimum wage 85 cents a year for three years, bringing it to $9.80 by fall 2014. Starting in 2015,the minimum wage would adjust each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living.
- Raise wages for more than 28 million Americans.
- Generate more than $25 billion in new consumer spending, which would result in more than 100,000 new full-time jobs, as higher sales lead businesses to hire more employees.
We encourage you join us in telling Congress to raise the federal minimum wage and become a resounding voice for the 99% by signing the online petition today.