Raise the Minimum Wage

Man holds sign at living wage rally

Since 1908, the church has advocated for a living wage in every industry (1908 Social Creed) and continues to support the rights of workers to share fully in the prosperity of society. (2016 Book of Resolutions, #4135 Rights of Workers).

Sadly, 109 years later, too many workers are earning poverty wages – unable to support themselves and their families despite working full-time jobs. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour ($2.13 per hour for tipped workers) since 2009.

Despite continued economic expansion and rising corporate profits, wages – particularly for low-wage workers – have been stagnant. Today, the real buying power of the minimum wage is less than it was in 1968.

Recently, legislation has been introduced in Congress to raise – gradually over a period of years - the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you why this is important as a matter of justice.