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Contact:  Rev. Steve Copley
Chair of the Board
Let Justice Roll
P.O. Box 2441
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: 501-626-9220

Starting pay is too low

Letter to the Editor
By Ana Aguayo
Springdale, AR
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Aug 8 2009
As a community organization dedicated to fighting for workers' rights and social justice, we at the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center strongly support the struggle of low-wage income workers living in poverty.

We join Let Justice Roll, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 100 faith, community, labor and business organizations in leading state and national campaigns to increase the minimum wage closer to a living wage.

A bigger slice of the pie

Letter to the Editor
By Bradford Bowen
Fayetteville
Northwest Arkansas Times, Jul 30 2009

The July 24 raise in the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, the last of three such increases enacted by Congress in 2007, will help millions of workers cope with the rising price of food, housing and other basic items. Extra earnings of up to $28 per week could help pay for health care or school supplies, but it won't get many people out of poverty.

It is a blight on our society that people who work hard (many times even two or more jobs) cannot have a standard of living that enables them to live above the poverty level and to be able to pay their bills.

LJR Board Chair Steve Copley Honored as Peace and Justice Hero

Arkansas Peace, Justice and Environment Project, Jun 29 2009
6th Annual Arkansas Peace & Justice Heroes Banquet
Sponsored by: Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology, July 11, 5:30 pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 224 North East Street, Fayetteville, AR

Minimum wage jumps Thursday in Missouri

By Kelsey Ryan
Joplin Globe, Dec 30 2008
Though welcomed by some, a 40-cent increase in the minimum wage that takes effect Thursday in Missouri couldn’t have come at a worse time for some businesses.

Missouri’s minimum wage goes from $6.65 to $7.05 an hour as a result of state law; it will be followed by a jump to $7.25 in July as a result of federal legislation.

Arkansas families casualties of souring economy

By Rob Moritz
Arkansas News Bureau, Jul 14 2008
LITTLE ROCK - Nick and Gina Redford of Mabelvale are caught in the middle.

Federal minimum wage increases, still lower than state minimum wage

By Jason West
Jul 25 2007
LITTLE ROCK - The federal minimum wage rose 70 cents Tuesday to $5.85 an hour, the first of three yearly, 70-cent increases that will set the minimum wage at $7.25 an hour in summer 2009.

Tuesday's wage hike will not affect Arkansas, however.

The federal minimum wage has not risen since 1997, when former President Clinton signed a bill raising the minimum wage 40 cents to $5.15 an hour.

Unchanged for years, minimum wage rises

By Tim Harper
Toronto Star, Jul 21 2007
To make it happen in Arkansas, Rev. Steve Copley knew he had to make it a matter of faith.

"We convinced people it was morally wrong," he says.

"It became a values issue. People knew it just wasn't right for our country or our state to have people among us who were working hard and playing by the rules and still couldn't survive."

Copley, a United Methodist pastor in North Little Rock, is a member of Let Justice Roll, a social advocacy organization that has spearheaded the effort to right the national wrong of the U.S. minimum wage.

Arkansas' working families get long-overdue raise

Apr 10 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., -- Working families in Arkansas won a resounding victory today when a $1.10 an hour increase in the state minimum wage was signed into law by Gov. Mike Huckabee. A community and faith coalition led by a United Methodist pastor played a key role in persuading lawmakers to enact the increase. The Rev.

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