Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"I guess MoveOn doesn't believe in math"

Dear MoveOn member,

This week the U.S. Senate will be debating whether or not to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. But according to recent reports, a number of Senators are considering a compromise that would still leave millions of American workers stuck with poverty wage jobs.1 

The truth is, if we really want to grow our economy and actually lift workers out of poverty, then we should really be talking about raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and not even debating anything lower than $10.10.

Last week, MoveOn members in Republican congressional districts across the country rallied outside of their members of Congress' offices demanding they support an increase in the minimum wage. 

But here's how one Republican Representative responded: "I guess MoveOn doesn't believe in math."2 

We're actually big believers in math here at MoveOn. So we thought we'd have former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explain it for them in 7 easy steps. Click here to watch.

It's shameful that some Senators seem to have no problem with millions of American workers earning poverty wages. So if after watching this video, you agree that Congress shouldn't even debate a minimum wage lower than $10.10 an hour, please take a minute today to call and let them know, then click here to report the call. 

Here are your senators' phone numbers:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Phone: (202) 224-4451

Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: (202) 224-6542

With the Senate expected to vote on raising the minimum wage soon, it's important that every Senator hears from MoveOn members like you right away. If we can generate enough calls to Senate offices this week, we can help stop Democrats from caving to big business demands for a lower minimum wage and instead push for a real increase that could lift millions of Americans out of poverty. 

Thanks for all you do.

–Garlin, Anna, Matt B., Corinne, and the rest of the team


1. "Minimum wage deal emerging?," The Hill, April 1, 2014

2. "Protesters urge increase in minimum wage," The Oakland Press, April 1, 2014

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