Posted 9 months ago on Sept. 20, 2012, 10:13 a.m. EST by factsrfun
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Campaign: A coalition of workers, businesses, and community members are organizing to support a bill championed by Speaker Sheldon Silver in the New York State Assembly, which would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour and index it to keep pace with the rising cost of living. On May 15, 2012, the State Assembly passed this bill by a 98-49 margin, though the Republican-controlled State Senate has refused to bring the Assembly bill up for a vote.
Contact: Andrés Dae Keun Kwon, Raise NY's Minimum Wage Campaign Coordinator, akwon AT workingfamilies DOT org
Campaign: “Raise Illinois” is a coalition of community, business, faith and labor organizations and minimum wage workers organizing to increase Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.65 per hour by 2014, index it to inflation, and eliminate the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. Launched in February 2011, the coalition has focused on building grassroots support for the measure, signing on co-sponsors and identifying and mobilizing low wage workers who would benefit from the increase. The campaign has taken busloads of supporters to the statehouse multiple times, organized phone banks, placed op-eds and provided strong testimony in favor of the bill at a committee hearing. A NELP-commissioned poll conducted in January 2011 found that71% percent of Illinois voters support increasing the state’s minimum wage. Contact: Madeline Talbott, Lead Organizer; Action Now: (312) 676-4280; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://raiseillinois.com/ More resources on this campaign:
Campaign: Labor and community advocates supported two bills to raise and indexing the minimum wage this session – testifying at committee hearings, lobbying and garnering press. However, the bills did not advance in the Republican-controlled statehouse. In addition, worker advocates in Maine found themselves defending against two bills to weaken wage and hour protections for young workers – including creating a 6 month “training wage” for workers under 20 that would have been $2.25 cents lower than the current state minimum wage. While the subminimum wage bill is dead for now, advocates expect additional defensive work and continue to explore proactive efforts to raise the minimum wage.
Contact: Sarah Standiford, Executive Director, Maine Women’s Lobby: (207) 622-0851 x20;
Campaign: State Assemblyman Luis Alejo has introduced a bill to raise the California minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.50 per hour by 2012, and adjust it annually for increases in the cost of living. The bill was approved by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee in March 2011 after a lively hearing. Efforts are underway to advance the bill through the Appropriations Committee and bring it to a vote of the full Assembly.
Contact: Marva Diaz, Chief of Staff, Assemblymember Luis Alejo: 916-319-2028;
Campaign: Missouri worker advocates found themselves defending their state minimum wage this year, as lawmakers backed by the Chamber of Commerce attempted to repeal the state’s annual inflation adjustment, freezing the state minimum wage at the federal level of $7.25. While the repeal effort passed the full House and a Senate committee, the legislative session ended without a vote by the full Senate. Missouri voters approved a minimum wage increase and permanent annual indexing of the minimum wage at the ballot in 2006 by a 76% margin. Worker justice advocates are preparing to face additional defensive efforts next session, as well as considering proactive measures to increase the minimum wage.
Contact: Lara Granich, Missouri Jobs with Justice: (314) 644-0466 x10;
Campaign: Minimum wage advocates have introduced legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage from $8.00 to $10 an hour by 2013 in three steps and then adjust it annually to rise with the cost of living. The bill would also increase the minimum wage for tipped workers, an area where Massachusetts lags behind many states.
Contact: Tim Sullivan, Legislative and Communications Director,
Massachusetts AFL-CIO: email@example.com; (781) 324-8230;
Campaign: Launched in January 2011 by Progressive Maryland, the “Raise Maryland” campaign seeks to increase the state’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage to $9.75 in three steps by 2013 and adjust it annually to rise with the cost of living thereafter. The proposal would also increase the minimum wage for tipped workers. In 2011, the campaign generated hearings on the bill in both the House and Senate, a petition drive in a key district, a very positive poll, and some good press to lay the groundwork to push for passage in the 2013 session.
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