Raising the Minimum Wage—A Moral Imperative

The First Church in Belmont Social Action Committee and Jim Landfried, FCB Unitarian Universalist Service Committee liasson are jointly supporting this very important human rights initiative.  Please take a moment to consider signing the following petition:

Joint Statement from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) President Rev. Bill Schulz. Add your name to join our advocacy for low-wage workers and their families.

Millions of low-wage workers in our country work full-time and still can’t afford life’s basic necessities. How can we expect hardworking people to support themselves and their families on $7.25 an hour? That’s just $15,080 a year for a full-time worker—$3,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. And income inequality is at an all-time high: the CEOs of the 500 largest U.S. companies make an average salary of $10.5 million.

The U.S. Congress is currently considering the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would make the following vital advances:

  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015
  • Index the minimum wage to inflation
  • Anchor the minimum wage for tipped employees—currently an abominable $2.13 an hour—to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage

Three and a half million people of color would be lifted out of poverty if Congress raised the minimum wage to $10.10, according to a new report from the restaurant workers’ group ROC United. They would be the majority of the six million people overall who would be lifted out of poverty. People of color are far more likely to work minimum wage jobs, as they represent 42 percent of those earners even though they make up just 32 percent of the workforce. (From ‘How Raising the Minimum Wage is a Racial Justice Issue‘ by Bryce Covert, Jun 21, 2013).

We stand in solidarity with people throughout the country struggling to survive on minimum wage. We call upon all people of faith to join us. And we come together to urge this: stop making workers pay the price for corporate greed — raise the minimum wage! Join the UUA, the UUSC, Interfaith Worker Justice, and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United in this important campaign.

See Joint Statement from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUSC President Rev. Bill Schulz Raising the Minimum Wage—A Moral Imperative. Add your name to join our advocacy for low-wage workers and their families.

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