Fight for $15 Minimum Wage

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.  
 
No one working a full-time job should be unable to afford the essentials for living a full life. NCJW can make a difference! Call your representative at 202-224-3121 and encourage them to join the fight for $15 minimum wage by passing the Raise the Wage Act. 
 
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 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 take care of themselves and their families. I urge you to pass the Raise the Wage Act (House bill 582) and vote against any amendments that would weaken the bill. Thank you. 

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