Update #17 ·

Senate votes *tomorrow* on whether we proceed toward giving America a raise.

Action Alert from the National Employment Law Project:

As you know, in the past year we have made great progress in our fight for higher pay, with states like California, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and now Hawaii all passing increases in their minimum wages.

Meanwhile, Congress has dithered. 

But finally we have our moment: the U.S. Senate will vote TOMORROW on whether to proceed to debate on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act – legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, boost the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the full minimum wage, and index both wage rates to keep pace with the rising cost of living.  

Call your Senator NOW at 1-888-851-1916 to give 28 million people a raise to $10.10. 

Because Senate rules require 60 votes on this type of motion, success is not assured.  Opponents, backed by big business lobbyists from the Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association, are intent on filibustering this bill so that it never gets to the Senate floor for a straight up-or-down, majority-wins vote. 

We can’t let that happen.  The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for five years, and the tipped minimum wage has been languishing at $2.13 since 1991, while the costs for food, housing, child care and everything else have skyrocketed.. 

Call your Senator NOW at 1-888-851-1916 and tell him/her to vote YES on the motion to proceed for S. 2223, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.  

This vote will be extremely close and your call WILL make a difference.  

When Senators hear how strongly their constituents feel, they know they can’t ignore it – even if big business lobbyists want them to kill the minimum wage bill.  

Call your Senator NOW at 1-888-851-1916 

Thanks for your help!

Thank you, 

Arun Ivatury
National Employment Law Project


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