No one working a full-time job should be unable to afford the essentials for living a full life. The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009, and the tipped minimum wage has been frozen at $2.13 since 1996. The Raise the Wage Act (S 150/HR 582), introduced in the House by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and the Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. The bill would also index the minimum wage to a median worker’s wages going forward, ensuring workers would not be grossly underpaid again and end unfair exclusions for tipped workers, people with disabilities, and youth. On July 18, The House of Representatives passed the bill 231-199. Now it’s time for the Senate to take action!
Check if your senator is already a cosponsor of the Raise the Wage Act. If not, call 202-224-3121 and encourage them to cosponsor this important bill.
Here’s a sample script:
My name is [name] and I’m a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and I live in [city/town]. The federal minimum wage is only $7.25 and hasn’t increased in more than ten years. Right now, a person earning the federal minimum wage cannot afford a 2-bedroom apartment in any county in the United States. This disproportionately affects women and people of color, who are more likely to work minimum wage jobs. As a Jewish person guided by the value of Tzedek, or justice, it’s important to me that my friends and neighbors are able to take care of themselves and their families. I urge you to cosponsor the Raise the Wage Act (Senate bill 150). Thank you!