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Contact:  Jose Oliva
National Policy Coordinator
Restaurant Opportunities Center United
New York, New Orleans and Chicago, IL 
Phone: 773-612-2559

Value Workers to Build Economy

Hammond Daily Star (La.), Jul 26 2010
The value of minimum wage today is lower than the value of minimum wage in 1956, according to the Let Justice Roll coalition of faith, community and business organizations.

The decline in worker buying power is one of the reasons this nation is in the worst economic crisis since the Depression, and it is a big reason we are having so much trouble rebuilding the economy. Businesses are not hiring because they don't have enough customers, and workers are not buying because they don't have the money.

Minimum Wage Hike Spurs Optimism And Debate

By David Greene
NPR Morning Edition, Jul 23 2009

Listen to the story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106899398

Millions of America's low-wage workers are about to get a raise.

On Friday, the federal minimum wage will jump from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. Congress approved that raise two years ago.

Back then, lawmakers didn't know the country would be in the grips of a deep recession this summer. And now, economists are debating how the increase will play out.

Restaurant Workers Nationwide Hold Actions To Increase Minimum Wage

Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Feb 18 2009

After nearly 20 years of struggling under a stagnated federal minimum wage of $2.13, thousands of restaurant workers across the country have declared "2-13" (February 13th) a National Day of Action for Tipped Workers. In seven different cities across the country, they have organized a series of public actions that will highlight the need to raise the federal minimum wage. Restaurant workers are demanding that the tipped minimum wage be raised to at least 60% of the regular minimum wage.

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