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TAKE ACTION - Petition: Tell Congress: The 99% Need a Raise

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The minimum wage can't support our families: The current federal minimum wage -- at $7.25 an hour -- amounts to only $15,080 a year. That's almost $9,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four - SIGN THE PETITION.

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John Doe (22)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:57 pm
Tell Congress: The 99% Need a Raise

This summer, people from across the country are rising up to send a message: The 99% need a raise.

The minimum wage can't support our families: The current federal minimum wage — at $7.25 an hour — amounts to only $15,080 a year. That's almost $9,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four.

And while the federal minimum wage hasn't even kept up with inflation, CEO pay has risen 725% over the last 30 years.

Putting more money into the pockets of ordinary Americans is a no-brainer. If we reduced income inequality, we'd boost our economy. Small businesses would grow and hire, and we'd put the 99% back to work.

Tell your Representatives to co-sponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012 now! - Sign the petition.

Saturday August 11, 2012, 6:59 pm
Signed, thanks.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 7:12 pm
S and N

Naoko i (264)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 7:41 pm
Noted and signed....from Maryland as usual, lol.
And in some municipalities in Japan, minimum wages are lower than welfare relief, so some are giving up working and becoming dependent on welfare.

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 8:30 pm

Thanks for Taking Action. I would bet I've signed a dozen of these.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 9:00 pm

Sandra M Z (114)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 9:03 pm
Raise the minimum wage so people can thrive! I've noticed with programs such as the Recovery Act, many jobs go to big construction companies, and that's great b/c the worker's wages do trickle down to others. For others that do not get under that faucet, more help is deserved. Cut the Pentagon budget increases, they have more than a needed share of the pie, and give it up for the citizens who has earned it all for the country in the first place!

Signed and Noted, Thank you John.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 9:18 pm
Noted and signed!

Esther Z (94)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 9:39 pm
Noted and signed.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 2:31 am

Joe R (190)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 7:04 am
Signed and noted.

Carole K (195)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 7:54 am
Noted & signed. TY, John.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 8:02 am
Thanks John! Signed and noted.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 11:38 am
Previously signed.

David C (131)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 12:02 pm

Eric Lees (6)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 12:28 pm
Raising the minimum wage will not fix anything. It will only cause more marginal jobs to go overseas and increase unemployment among the young which is already much higher than average.

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 1:14 pm
noted & signed

donald Baumgartner (6)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 2:00 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 2:00 pm
The new representative for our district was voted into office a few weeks ago, and I guess we're not in the system yet so I couldn't sign.

P. L. Neola (21)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 2:17 pm
I signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recently, I had to buy a new-used vehicle. I am a victim of the recession, and I lost 1/3 my income around three years ago. In one day, while still employed by the same employer, I became underemployed like most everyone else employ by the same company!!!! My company nearly went bankrupt!!!
Despite the loss in my annual salary, I still managed maintaining a credit score of 768 by paying all my bills and loans while becoming malnourished and medically documented for suffering from malnutrition.
The dealership that I have history with—despite my credit score—gave me a 7.75% interest rate. When they described my unstable income, it sounded like I went from job to job for the last few years. I had to remind the dealership that I have been employed by the same employer for the last seven and a half years.
After obtaining the car and the dealership’s loan, I had three days to obtain a loan with a lower interest rate from another bank. So, I applied at Bank of America for a lower interest loan. I have been a member of BOA for 18 years; at one time, I had six different accounts with BOA. I have never missed a payment or even been late with a payment.
BOA would only provide a loan for the price of the car. They would not cover the cost of my Bumper to Bumper Coverage. They expected me to put $2,000 down for the loan all because of my unstable income. Again, I had to remind them that I was still employed with my employer of 7 ˝ years. The BOA representative, when describing my employer with banking terms, explained that my employer provided an income equivalent to what Man Power or a temporary service would provide for its employees. The BOA representative explained that I did not even earn enough income nowadays to qualify for the full amount I was requesting. However, he, the underwriter, and I haggled back and forth for a day and settled for me putting $1000 down towards the loan. I spent TWO days settling a low interest loan with BOA.
(Also, I must mention that Las Vegas STILL HAS AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 11 point something percent. The city also has a large population of UNDEREMPLOYED RESIDENTS!!!)
Meanwhile, while I was haggling with BOA, the credit union—I joined only 5 months ago—called within 24 hours of me applying for a low interest loan and informed me that they would provide a loan for the full amount at 3.48% along with Life and Disability Insurance—something neither the dealership or BOA would offer or provided if asked to do so!!! Also, the $1000 that I spent a day haggling over with BOA went to the principle on the credit union's loan!!!
My testimonial to whoever reads this is that one’s credit score really does not mean anything nowadays. The Great Recession has changed the money loaning rules. Many banks, despite the history one might have with them, are extremely hesitant in loaning to even their dependable, reliable members!!!

Patricia E. G (54)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 3:17 pm
Raise the minimum Wage!! I was making $10.20 an hour...working the front desk position for a realtor on 42nd Street in 1987. That was ...25 years ago! The public can not keep up with the cost of living.
Thank you John.

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 4:59 pm
Signed and Noted, Thank You John.

Terri Hughes (416)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 5:37 pm
''SIGNED''....thanks John!

Seth E (81)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 7:49 pm
My representative has supported this.

Noted and signed.


Sunday August 12, 2012, 9:19 pm
Sorry as a Canadian I can't sign, but I agree that &7.25 is to low a minimum wage. Thanks John.

Emma S (239)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:11 am
Done! Thanks, John.

Reggie Thomas (5)
Monday August 13, 2012, 9:08 am
Signed and noted.

DORIS L (61)
Monday August 13, 2012, 9:12 am

Sheryl G (363)
Monday August 13, 2012, 3:28 pm
So Eric what would you do, lower the minimum wage? With that type of logic we might as well start bowing and thanking the masters to throw us some bread and water now and again. How about that those Companies who do that, bring our jobs overseas get penalized, oh I don't know, pay higher taxes for screwing us over. They use our infrastructure, our water, and yet they don't feel they have to offset their use by paying for anything, that nor the employees they hire.

Why should we the taxpayers continue to give them Corporate Subsidies? Hmmm? Because when the wages are too low, then the worker qualifies for Food Stamps, low income housing, and anything that might still exist to help them. Causing Your taxes to go up instead of the Corporations or forcing the Corporations to pay their laborers a wage that is called a "living wage" so they don't have to ask for Food Stamps.

Why does the CEO get to live in mansions around the world while the low end can not feed their families and keep a roof over their head despite working 40 hours a week. Does that seem fair to you?

Yes, I signed.

Tim L (86)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 5:35 am
Signed and noted.

Scott haakon (4)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 12:30 pm
We should think about using the tax code and normal greed to allow low income workers the dignity of a roof over their head. How? A federal tax offset. A land lord who has rental properties can use the tax offset to make more money by renting to low income worker at a offset of 115% of market value. That way everybody wins. The people on fixed income and the low income worker would pay 25% of their net income for rental living.
The land lord makes a profit and has enough money to pay for the increased paperwork!

Diane B (275)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 12:06 am
Noted thanks John
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