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Contact:  Karen Spradlin
Faith Organizer
Let Justice Roll
Springfield, VA 
Phone: 405-213-3282

Minimum wage takes a jump; business owners consider effect on bottom line

By Brian Brus
Journal Record, Jul 23 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jamie Brown doesn’t like having to balance her employees’ salary increases against the company’s success in the current recession.

 “If you are worrying about your bottom-line profit and you have a forced minimum wage raise, then you wonder, well, do I go ahead and give myself a raise, too? Or my salaried employees? Or do I wait until I see how this is going to affect my labor costs?” said Brown, the general manager of Earl’s Rib Palace in the Bricktown district near downtown Oklahoma City.

Fair Wages Help Small Business

Op-ed by Kent Ross
Distributed by American Forum, Jul 23 2009
As a small business owner, I find that people expect me to grumble about the increase in the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour as of July 24. But I’m not grumbling. In fact, I think it should be raised further.

On Friday, lowest-wage workers get a pay hike

By Tony Pugh
McClatchy Newspapers, Jul 19 2009

WASHINGTON — The final installment of a three-part increase in the federal minimum wage is proving to be the most controversial.

Two previous wage hikes, one in 2007, the other in 2008, pushed the federal wage to $5.85 and then to the current $6.55 an hour. The third, which goes into effect Friday, will push it to $7.25 an hour.

Fuel, food cost jumps minimize wage hike

The Norman Transcript, Jul 24 2008
Timing is everything. About two million American workers got a raise Thursday. The minimum wage increased 70 cents an hour. Those employees earning the minimum now earn $6.55 per hour.

It came just as most Americans are trying to keep ahead with higher gasoline and food prices and surcharges levied on everything from freight to flowers.

The increase is the third for the minimum wage. Another increase is planned that will bring the federal minimum to $7.25 per hour.

Owners: Wage hike will not affect businesses – they already pay more

By Kasey Fowler, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle, Jul 13 2008
Pens scratch across calendars, crossing off days in a countdown to the minimum wage increase. Minimum wage will go from $5.85 to $6.55 July 24 and will be raised again in a year to $7.25 per hour.

Some Enid restaurant owners believe raising minimum wage will effect them little because they currently pay more than minimum wage. Terry Washburn, owner of Pak-A-Sak, says the hike in minimum wage won’t be a factor at his business. “It isn’t going to effect me because we start my employees at higher than the raised minimum wage,” Washburn said.

Waging a Battle: Enid needs more than pay hike, it needs diverse careers

Enid News, Nov 28 2007
We applaud local churches, agencies and businesses getting together to discuss the issues of poverty and wages in the community.

A panel Tuesday discussed how low wages and poverty are related, and they also talked about ways to improve wages in the community.

What might get lost in the conversation, however, is the very real need for diversity in pay scales and how a diverse wage scale benefits a community.

Faith, wages topics of forum

By Tony Waggoner
Enid News, Nov 24 2007

Local faith leaders and community members will gather Tuesday at First United Methodist Church to discuss faith, wages and poverty in a “People of Faith for Fair Wages” forum.

The forum, which will be 7 to 9 p.m. at the church, 401 W. Randolph, will be held to increase awareness and education of the connection between low wages and poverty. It also will provide an opportunity for alternate views to be discussed.

Professors Debate ‘Living Wage' Rate, Fairness

By James Tyree
The Oklahoman, Nov 14 2007

The federal minimum wage rose by 70 cents this year to $5.85 per hour, but advocates for a "living wage” say that is not enough.

A single adult must earn at least $9.92 per hour to care for all needs, said University of Central Oklahoma assistant professor Kenneth Kickham, and bigger households need more.

Kickham showed a chart during the Living Wages for Oklahomans Forum that had a one adult-one child home needing a job that pays $15.50 per hour. The forum was Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Norman.

Forum will address poverty and fair wages

Tulsa World, Nov 10 2007

A People of Faith for Fair Wages forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Hills Methodist Church, 6160 S. Lewis Ave.

Karen Spradlin, Oklahoma project coordinator for People of Faith for Fair Wages, said the focus of the project is to educate people of faith about the connection between faith and fair wages, and to build community-wide, cross-denominational support for fair wages and the elimination of poverty.

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