Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?
Working a full-time job at minimum wage will not provide enough income for a person to achieve economic security anywhere in the country. 40 hours x $7.25 x 52 weeks = $15,080/year.
We agree with the 2016 Democratic Party Platform:
"We should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over time and index it, give all Americans the ability to join a union regardless of where they work, and create new ways for workers to have power in the economy so every worker can earn at least $15 an hour. We applaud the approaches taken by states like New York and California. We also support creating one fair wage for all workers by ending the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers and people with disabilities."
We agree with the 2016 Republican Party Platform:
"People living paycheck to paycheck are struggling, sacrificing, and suffering."
We agree with the Peace and Freedom Party Platform of 2014:
"Double the minimum wage, and index it to the cost of living."
We agree with the Justice Democrats:
"Secure a living wage and tie it to inflation. This is about justice and basic human decency. If you work hard and you work full time you shouldn’t live in poverty."
We agree with the Washington Progressive Party:
"Wages should equal three times the average monthly housing cost."
We agree with Our Revolution:
"Millions of Americans are working for totally inadequate wages. We must ensure that no full-time worker lives in poverty. The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living wage. We must increase it to $15 an hour over the next several years."
We agree with For a People's Party's Platform:
"Wages broke from increasing productivity in the late 1960’s resulting in massive inequality. Implement a $15 minimum wage and index it to inflation. If the minimum wage had continued to track productivity, it would be about $22 today."
"Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour to help close the gender wage gap. Raise the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 an hour to $15 an hour. Support the Paycheck Fairness Act to end wage discrimination based on gender. Require overtime pay across the board and work against practices to circumvent overtime pay, such as averaging hours over longer pay periods."
We agree with Brand New Congress:
"Wages have been stagnant since the 1970s. Over the past four decades, America has lost millions of high-wage jobs and failed to replace them, leaving many American workers with a low-paying service job or no job at all. Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and tie it to inflation."
The video below explains why a minimum wage needs to be implemented on a nationwide basis.