Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Federal Sign On Statement

Signers to date include • Costco • Eileen Fisher • Ben & Jerry's • Dansko footwear • New Belgium Brewing • Seventh Generation  Zingerman's • Organic Valley • Parnassus Investments • American Sustainable Business Council • Greater New York Chamber of Commerce • Main Street Alliance • ABC Home • National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Assoc. • Uncommon Goods • Equal Exchange • American Income Life • Statement sponsored by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. See hundreds more signers. Businesspeople Sign On Here.

As business owners and executives, we support raising the federal minimum wage to strengthen our economy. The minimum wage of $7.25 an hour amounts to just $15,080 a year for health aides, childcare workers, cashiers, security guards and other minimum wage workers. With less buying power than it had in the 1960s, today’s minimum wage impoverishes working families and weakens the consumer demand at the heart of our economy.

Maryland Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Sign On Statement - Raise Passed April 2014

Over 180 signers include • Costco • Atwater's • Canton Ace Hardware, Federal Hill Ace Hardware, Old Takoma Ace Hardware, Waverly Ace Hardware • Mom's Organic Markets • Union Craft Brewing  Linemark Printing • A Cook's Cafe • British American Auto Care • Busboys & Poets Restaurant Charmington's Cafe • Emory Knoll Farms • Aquas • Community Forklift • Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council • National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Assc. • American Income Life • Am. Sustainable Business Council • Statement sponsored by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. See many more signers

As business owners and executives, we support raising the Maryland minimum wage to strengthen our economy. The state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour amounts to just $15,080 a year for health aides, childcare workers, cashiers, security guards and other minimum wage workers. Maryland lags behind the District of Columbia and 21 states – from Alaska to Florida – that have minimum wages above $7.25. With less buying power than it had in the 1960s, today’s minimum wage impoverishes working families and weakens the consumer demand at the heart of our economy.

Massachusetts Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Sign On Statement

Signers to date include • Costco • Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts • The Longfellow Clubs • City Fresh Foods • Holliister Staffing  Solventerra • City Feed Grocery & Cafe • Basil Catering • TAGS Hardware • Equal Exchange • Irving House Inn • Cambridge Naturals • Tech Networks of Boston • Dean's Beans • Fresh Hair • Responsible Wealth • Statement sponsored by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. See many more Businesspeople Sign On Here

As business owners and executives, we support raising the Massachusetts minimum wage to strengthen our economy. Massachusetts was a leader when it passed the nation’s first minimum wage in 1912. But our state minimum wage has been stuck since 2008 at $8 an hour - just $16,640 a year for health aides, childcare workers, cashiers, security guards and other minimum wage workers. With less buying power than it had in the 1960s, today’s minimum wage impoverishes working families and weakens the consumer demand at the heart of our economy.

American Forum: Op-Ed, Camille Moran, We can't build a strong economy on a weak base

Op-Ed By Camille Moran
Distributed by American Forum, Dec 17, 2013. Battle Creek Enquirer, Charlotte Business Journal, The Tennessean, Jackson Clarion Ledger, Fall River Herald News (MA), Scranton Times Tribune, Illinois Times, New Jersey Today, Reno Gazette Journal, many more

Let’s bring the spirit of Christmas to Congress. The last time the minimum wage went up was in 2009, and, as the owner of a Christmas tree farm and other businesses, I think it’s time for another raise.

The Hill: David Bolotsky, A business owner’s case for raising the minimum wage

Op-Ed By David Bolotsky
The Hill, Dec 16, 2013

What if we could create a program that would strengthen our tax base, make government spending more fiscally responsible and provide a powerful financial incentive to low-income workers? It sounds too good to be true.

But it already exists and dates back to 1938 – the minimum wage.

McClatchy-Tribune: Holly Sklar, Minimum wage back to 1950 level on 75th anniversary

Op-Ed By Holly Sklar
Distr. by McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Oct. 22, 2013 & American Forum: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Albany Times Union, Jackson Clarion Ledger, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Atlantic City Press, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Montgomery Advertiser, many more.

The minimum wage has put a floor under workers’ wages since taking effect 75 years ago on October 24, 1938. But at $7.25 an hour, today’s federal minimum wage is the same as it was in 1950, after adjusting for inflation.

US News & World Report: Lew Prince, The American Dream is Built on Fair Wages

Op-Ed By Lewis Prince
US News & World Report, Aug 9, 2013

Excerpt: "My life is a tribute to the American Dream. .... Vintage Vinyl has grown into a multi-million dollar company with 23 employees. ... Unfortunately, too many American companies have been driving down wages to poverty levels that are too low for workers to live on and too low to sustain the consumer demand that businesses need to survive and thrive. .... The American Dream needs a minimum wage increase."