Support Fair Minimum Wage Act

The Half in Ten campaign believes too many Americans are working long hours for wages that are too low to support their families. Consequently, Half in Ten urges support of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that would raise the wage to $10.10 by 2016.

The United Methodist Church ‘supports efforts in the U.S. Congress to raise the minimum wage to a living wage and index it to inflation.’

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which is just $15,080 annually for a full-time worker. That’s $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three, emphasizes Half in Ten, a project dedicated to building the political and public will to cut the U.S. poverty rate in half in 10 years.

“If the minimum wage from the late 1960s was indexed to inflation, it would now be well over $10.50 an hour,” says Half in Ten. “Raising the minimum wage would help 28 million American workers make ends meet, including 17 million women.”

United Methodist position

The United Methodist Church “supports efforts in the U.S. Congress to raise the minimum wage to a living wage and index it to inflation,” according to its Book of Resolutions (#4135 “Rights of Workers”).

The United Methodist Church ‘supports efforts in the U.S. Congress to raise the minimum wage to a living wage and index it to inflation.’

Since 1908, as stated in the first Social Creed of any denomination, Methodists have advocated for a living wage in every industry.

The United Methodist Social Principles state that every person has the right to a job at a living wage (¶163C, Book of Discipline).

“Unfortuanately, too many workers earn poverty wages with few benefits,” Resolution 4135 states, “and disparities are growing between high-wage earners and low-wage earners.”

Restore strong minimum wage

“Even though raising the wage would bring millions of families into the middle class, save taxpayers billions of dollars, boost the economic recovery, and is supported by 73% of Americans, many are still fighting against it,” Half in Ten points out. “The bottom line is we need to restore a strong minimum wage for America’s workers and provide millions of families relief from poverty. It’s time working families are given a raise!”

Since members of Congress are home for the month-long August recess, Half in Ten says now is the perfect time to take action:

Editor's note: The Half in Ten campaign is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Coalition on Human Needs, and The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. The campaign builds on the work of the Center for American Progress’s 2007 Task Force on Poverty, combining evidence-based policy recommendations with strategic building of networks, spokespeople and opinion leaders in communities to amplify the call to reduce poverty in America. The approach is grounded in four fundamental goals: creating good jobs, promoting economic security, strengthening families, and cutting poverty in half in 10 years.

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