The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and $2.13 for tipped workers. It’s too low to afford rent, much less support a family, and keeps millions of workers stuck in poverty.
The solution to low pay is clear. By raising the minimum wage to $15, we can benefit nearly 40 million Americans1 — predominantly women and workers of color — while reducing the racial wealth gap and giving millions of essential workers who put their lives on the line every day a permanent raise.2,3
For years, workers across the country and across industries have bravely stood up to demand better. Their organizing and actions for $15 an hour won widespread support, with 2 in 3 Americans across the political spectrum in support of a raise. In response, the U.S. House passed the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 that would have increased wages to $15 for more than a fifth of all U.S. workers, but the Republican-controlled Senate refused to take up the bill.
As the pandemic makes economic uncertainty more dire across the country, and our essential healthcare, food-service, and retail workers continue to struggle, we must take bold action NOW.