Raise the Wage Act Would Provide Essential Boost for Moms, Families
“The pandemic has exposed an urgent need for sweeping national policy solutions to help moms, families, businesses and our economy. Structural inequality and discrimination have left many women -- particularly moms who are Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) – in continued financial crisis, and the pandemic has made it even worse. Many working people, including millions of women of color and essential workers, are not paid a living wage. Nobody should work full-time and still live in poverty, which hurts families, businesses, and our economy too.
“The best solution is the Raise the Wage Act, which would finally put our country on the road to ensuring all working people, including tipped workers and workers with disabilities, are paid a living wage. It is appalling that the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 per hour, and that the federal tipped minimum wage at $2.13 per hour, for more than a decade. We have seen in ballot measure votes, even in red states, that voters strongly support a higher minimum wage -- and numerous studies have shown that raising the wage raises our families and our economy.
“We commend U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (VA) and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) for introducing and championing the Raise the Wage Act and recognize the Fight for $15 movement’s tireless organizing. Our country simply cannot recover from the pandemic and rebuild our economy unless all workers are paid a living wage. America’s moms will accept nothing less.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising
“The federal minimum wage has been inadequate for much too long and, as a result, millions of women and other workers are struggling terribly. Moms across the country need a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour in order to be able to stay above the poverty line and afford necessities including food, rent, clothing, childcare, and health care. Also essential and badly overdue is an end to the subminimum wage for tipped and disabled workers and youth, which devastates so many moms and women, especially moms and women of color. The Raise the Wage Act would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, giving 23 million working people the raise they deserve, and it would phase out the subminimum wage, which is a legacy of slavery.
“Now more than ever, as we try to recover from COVID-19, our families, our communities and our economy urgently need the boost enacting the Raise the Wage Act would provide.”
-Statement of Ruth Martin, Vice President and Chief Workplace Justice Officer, MomsRising