Most Americans Want $15 Minimum Wage – Help Make It a Reality

The consensus amongst Americans is that American workers should learn a living wage. According to the most recent polls, a majority of Americans Ė 55 percent – believe that the federal minimum wage ought to be increased to $15.

What should be an easy position to support didnít go mainstream overnight, though. Years of grassroots efforts and campaigns were necessary to nudge the general population into understanding why this crusade is necessary.

Petition: Support the Raise the Wage Act to get a $15 minimum wage

Thatís because, for a long time, the rhetoric on minimum wage was a dismissive one. ďItís just teenagers who earn minimum wage!Ē theyíd say. ďItís the appropriate amount of pay for low-skill positions.Ē

On the contrary, the average age of a minimum wage earner is 35, with 88 percent of such employees being 21 or older. The minimum wage hasnít come anywhere close to keeping up with inflation, and as a result, there isnít a single county in the entire U.S. where someone earning a full-time minimum wage salary can reasonably afford the average price of rent.

It also wasnít immediately obvious to Americans that when companies in this country donít pay their employees a living wage, itís the rest of us as taxpayers that have to make up the difference in the form of social programs. It shouldnít matter how ďlow-skilledĒ a job is, if it requires someone to give up their time to do it, that warrants at least enough money for people to cover basic necessities.

In the same Hill-HarrisX poll, only 14 percent wanted to keep the minimum wage at its current rate of $7.25, but we can forget about them. When you factor in the 27 percent who want to see the minimum wage increased (though not all the way to $15 like the original 55 percent) that combined 82 percent seems like a nationwide mandate.

So the sentiment is there, now we just need action on the legislative level. Fortunately, some on the left are already taking up that crusade. This month, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation to incrementally raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2024.

Sanders, currently a registered Independent, has introduced similar bills to this one in the past, but itís the first time he has substantial support from Democrats. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and hundreds of Dem co-sponsors are also on board for the Raise the Wage Act.

Take Action

The minimum wage hasnít increased in a full decade, so itís well past time to get the Republicans on board for a wage boost. Sign this petition thanking Democrats for promoting the Raise the Wage Act, and also ask the conservative contingency to recognize the importance of paying American workers a living wage.

70 comments

Mary B
Mary B1 months ago

JOANNA M, What rightwingers call facts are gleaned from different sources than mine. You know, it's a BIG world ? What I do know is that most repubs suport the status quo so I have absolutely no interest in reading anything they have to say, or arguing with them, except if I want to see how twisted their thinking has become. Now this site is NOT SOCIAL MEDIA. It is for progressives so what the hell are YOU or David even doing here ? This site is for creating and signing petitions, and discussing
leftist ideas, some that are already out there working well.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Joanna, we don't get raises in the minimum wage often enough, and a lot of people fall behind. But when we do get a raise, what usually happens is, more people have more money to spend. The whole economy expands. More shops and restaurants do better, and all kinds of people's income goes up, including the people who are going up from a $15 rate to a better rate, which employers are able to do because they, too, are making more money in a busy economy. And in a busy, full-employment economy, employers have to pay more to keep people because they are not the only game in town. More people are working, so employers have to pay more to keep good people who have the chance to go somewhere else that pays more. Democrats tend to support raises in the minimum wage, Republicans generally vote against. Statistics show that the economy is better and fairer for regular people n a Dem administration. You can look that up.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy today. He has been talking about $15 minimum wage since the last Presidential election if not even longer. He is responsible for most of the best ideas that are around for this election.

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Helen C
Helen C2 months ago

thanks

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Ben O
Ben O2 months ago

Signed 2 weeks ago...

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Janis K
Janis K2 months ago

You signed on January 30, 2019

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Glad to see a $15 minimum wage, but I wish it could go all the way to $15 more quickly. The longer it takes, the less $15 will be worth when we get there.

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill2 months ago

thanks

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Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Joanna M
Joanna M2 months ago

Overall, $15/hr sounds like a great idea. But the main concern I have is what happens to people who are currently earning that amount or not much higher after college/skills training/years of experience/etc? It isn't fair to them that a newbie can come in and get the same amount instantly; yet I doubt every employer is suddenly going to be bumping all these folks up to $20 or $25. I never hear anyone address this issue but IMO it's really important as well.

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