Supporters of an increase in the state’s minimum wage are rallying and praying on the issue this afternoon at the New York State Senate in downtown Albany.
The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. When I was at the grocery store last week, a loaf of bread cost me $3.99. My jar of peanut butter was $4.25. That’s more than an hour’s worth of work on minimum wage — and wait, I still need jam.
Today’s events are sponsored by the National Employment Law Project, the Hunger Action Network of New York State, the Capital District Area Labor Federation, the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, FOCUS Churches of Albany, Strong Economy for All New York, Community Voices Heard, Worker Justice Center of New York, Central New York Workers’ Center and Capital District Area Labor Federation.
The Labor-Religion Coalition — in which NYSUT is a major participant and backer — asks that supporters of an increase call their legislators “to let them know you support a raise in the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour ‘at the very least,’ with indexing to ensure wages rise with inflation.”
Another way to reach out is to work through social media to get a conversation going about raising the minimum wage. This can be enhanced by tagging elected officials.