What we're doing
More than 7 in 10 Americans support increasing the minimum wage. But when the Senate brought up a bill to raise the minimum wage, a minority of senators stood in the way and blocked the vote. But lawmakers have made undeniable progress raising the minimum wage in cities and states across the country. OFA supporters are organizing nationwide to keep that progress going and send lawmakers a message—it’s time to raise the wage, and we're not taking no for an answer.
Why it matters
No one who works hard in America should have to raise their family in poverty, but the federal minimum wage hasn't kept pace with the rising costs of basic necessities for working families. Today, the real value of minimum wage is roughly the same as what it was in the 1950s. When we asked Americans if they knew how much someone earning minimum wage makes in a year, they were surprised by the answer:
Independent studies show that increasing the minimum wage would spur economic growth. Raising the minimum wage nationwide would give a raise to 28 million workers across the country, and lift nearly a million people out of poverty. These aren’t just teenagers at their first job—nearly two-thirds of workers who earn the minimum wage are women, and the average age of workers who would benefit from a higher wage is 35 years old.
How you can help
Make sure lawmakers know where you stand by adding your name to OFA's petition. Higher wages are good for workers, good for business, and are key to a stronger economy that creates opportunity for all Americans. Add your name to tell lawmakers that it's time to raise the minimum wage.
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