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Raising wages would increase living standards for working families and have a positive effect on local economies. Get involved: download materials, find an event or text LABOR to 235246 and tell us how raising the minimum wage would help you or someone you know.

This Labor Day, we take a day to recognize and celebrate the incredible achievements of the people who make this country run: America’s workers. But despite our sweat, sacrifice and innovations, too many families are struggling to make ends meet.

This is not an accident. The rise in political and corporate attacks on working people has meant that wages have declined or remained stagnant. Good jobs are scarce, unemployment still is unacceptably high and the greedy few have rigged the game to reap the gains in productivity at the expense of the working people who made those gains possible.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Labor Movement and Raising Wages

This year, the labor movement has followed the lead of working families across the nation and launched a campaign to raise wages to create a more equal economy, to counteract our nation’s rising inequality and halt the decade-long erosion of our middle class. And we have witnessed workers, community organizers, faith leaders, civil rights activists and many others come together to achieve incredible victories across the country.

The labor movement continues to be at the forefront of pushing for real and lasting change for working families. This year, propelled by public pressure, dozens of municipalities and 10 states, notably Seattle, New York and Massachusetts, passed minimum wage increases. And thanks to volunteers and organizers who worked tirelessly collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures, four more states will vote on whether to raise the minimum wage this fall.

“We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Improving the Lives of Working Families

America’s workers continue to stand united and fight for an economy of shared prosperity that works for all workers, not just the wealthy. Just as workers fought for the National Labor Relations Act in 1935 to protect their rights to organize and bargain collectively for improved working conditions and wages and for the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that, by law if not in practice, banned wage discrimination based on gender, workers continue to fight for those who work for a living, yet struggle to support a family.

Working families are not only pushing to raise the federal minimum wage, we are:

  • Seeking to expand basic labor protections for domestic workers, an industry in which workers are vulnerable to wage theft, harassment and abuse;
  • Working on campaigns to give all workers access to earned sick leave; and
  • Standing with low-wage workers, such as those at fast-food establishments and Walmart, for wage increases and to demand an end to illegal retaliation.

This Labor Day, be a voice for working families: share information about how raising wages would increase living standards and have a positive effect on your local economy as a whole.

Text LABOR to 235246 and tell us how raising the minimum wage would help you or someone you know.