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Give millions of Americans a raise

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"Support the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would give more than one in four Americans a raise."

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    Give millions of Americans a raise

    Time to force Trump Republicans to go on the record opposing a raise for one in four workers.1

    Congressional Democrats just united to introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would immediately bump the minimum wage and raise it to $15 by 2024.2 Preschool teachers, fast-food workers, bank tellers and working parents: millions of Americans would benefit immediately, some seeing as much as $3,500.3

    We need to drive up public support for this bill immediately to force Republicans to show where they really stand – on the side of big business and bad bosses.

    Tell Congress: Give millions of Americans a raise.

    No one benefits more from raising the minimum wage than women and people of color forced into low-wage jobs by prejudice and institutional racism. Forty percent of Black workers and 34 percent of Latinx workers would see a pay increase under this legislation. Nearly 56 percent of the overall number who would get a raise are women.4

    The Raise the Wage Act would eliminate the tipped wage so that even employees who get tips, like restaurant servers, are guaranteed a fair wage – a change studies show benefits workers. It would eliminate loopholes businesses use to underpay workers. Most importantly, it would peg the minimum wage to the median wage so the minimum wage stops slipping in value.5

    Today, the real value of the federal minimum wage is actually a few dollars lower than it was in 1968. Boosting the minimum wage would also create jobs by injecting more money into local economies. Restaurants continue to thrive even in cities that raised the minimum wage, and more than 90 percent of those who would benefit are adults.6

    In other words, every Trump Republican talking point on the minimum wage is a lie to disguise their alliance with businesses that aim to pay people as little as possible to pad their own pockets. This is our chance to show who really fights for working people.

    Tell Congress: Give millions of Americans a raise.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    References:

    1. National Employment Law Project, "Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Letter of Support," Jan. 16, 2019.
    2. Dave Jamieson, "House Democrats Propose $15 Minimum Wage With New Majority," HuffPost, Jan. 16, 2019.
    3. National Employment Law Project, "Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Letter of Support."
    4. Ibid.
    5. Ibid.
    6. Ibid.