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A Just Minimum Wage: Good For Workers, Business and Our Future

Makes a powerful economic and ethical case for raising the minimum wage and moving the United States from a low-road economy to the high road. Counters all the arguments against raising the minimum and offers vital insight into why the minimum wage is so important.

Holly Sklar and Paul Sherry
Nov 15 2005
Let Justice Roll

A Brief History of the Minimum Wage

By Laura Fitzpatrick
Time Magazine, Jul 24 2009

With the U.S. trillions of dollars in the hole, 70 cents an hour sounds like chump change. But it's a big boost for the millions of workers who earn that much extra as of July 24. The increase is the third and final uptick in a hike that has since 2007 boosted the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25.

The Economic Power of and Popular Support for Raising the Minimum Wage

By Lake Research Partners
Jun 7 2011
The public overwhelmingly supports raising the minimum wage and that support is reinforced in the current weak recovery. The public intuitively understands the minimum wage and consistently strongly approves of efforts to raise it by large margins. That support is noticeably deep and broad; in an era where many issues are highly polarized and vigorously debated by different demographic and partisan contingents, raising the minimum wage stands out as one of the most broadly embraced economic policies, with high levels of support across all partisan and demographic groups, bridging the gaps of age, race, education, and income.

Raising Minimum Wage Does Not Increase Unemployment

Jun 1 2011
Read the Research Summaries by the National Employment Law Project or the Full Studies by Arindrajit Dube, William Lester and Michael Reich and by Sylvia Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube and Michael Reich.

Minimum Wage Effects Across State Borders (2010) provides the most sophisticated study to date of the effects of increases in the minimum wage on job growth in the United States. Taking advantage of the fact that a record number of states raised their minimum wages during the 1990s and 2000s – creating scores of differing minimum wage rates across the country – the study compares employment levels among every pair of neighboring U.S. counties that had differing minimum wage levels at any time between 1990 and 2006 and finds that higher minimum wages did not reduce employment. NELP summary

Do Minimum Wages Really Reduce Teen Employment? (2011) examines every minimum wage increase in the United States over the past two decades—including increases that took place during protracted periods of high unemployment—and finds that raising the wage floor boosted incomes without reducing employment or slowing job creation.  The research demonstrates how a body of previous research—one frequently relied on by business lobbyists who oppose minimum wage increases—inaccurately attributes declines in employment to increases in the minimum wage by failing to sufficiently account for critical economic factors. NELP Summary

A Minimum Wage Increase

New York Times, Mar 27 2011
As the nation grapples with a jobs crisis and unemployment hovers near 9 percent, it is easy for policy makers to forget the plight of those who work but earn very little. There are about 4.4 million workers earning the minimum wage or less, according to government statistics. This amounts to about 6 percent of workers paid by the hour. They need a raise.

The Impact of City-Specific Minimum Wage Standards

By Center for Economic and Policy Research
Mar 22 2011

Washington, DC – City minimum wages don't hurt the employment prospects of low-wage workers, according to a new report released today by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) that analyzes the wage and employment effects of the first three city-specific minimum wages in the U.S.

Bills could increase wages for local tipped workers

By Andrew Damstedt
The Sentinel (Maryland), Mar 16 2011
A job creator or a job killer is the debate circling two bills that would raise the minimum wage.

A bill backed by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Fort Washington, in Congress would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, while a bill facing debate in Annapolis would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees and the regular minimum wage.

The bill before the General Assembly would increase Maryland’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour by 2013. Tipped employees would see their minimum wage rise to $6.19 in July from $3.63.

2/14 - National Day of Action in Support of Restaurant Workers

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Feb 5 2011
The federal tipped minimum wage continues to be atrociously low at $2.13/hour. For twenty years now, tipped workers in the restaurant industry and elsewhere have toiled for a miserable wage, in part due to the fact that restaurant workers have not had a voice. But that is all about to change! The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) is now in seven states and growing every day - just a few weeks ago Katie Couric mentioned ROC-United on the air on CBS News.

Faith Leader Signatories By State - List In Formation

Jan 4 2011


Reverend Michelle Freeman Owens, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL

Rabbi Jonathan Miller, Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El, Birmingham, AL

Rev. Jon Shannon Webster, Pastor/Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, ALStue

John Czachurski, Student Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church

Rev. Fred Hammond, Consulting Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa, Northport, AL

Why Were Minimum Wage Laws Established?

By Jerrie Lynn South-DeRose
eHow, Nov 20 2010

Labor Unions and Fair Pay

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