Lawmakers, workers, business owners to announce on 3/19/19 legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years, ending sub-minimum wages, repealing exemptions for agricultural and domestic workers. This $15in5 type bills has been introduced before and would help women more than anyone else. 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Full time minimum wage workers are paid only $15,080 a year. Near impossible to live on that, especially for a woman with children.
This picture is from outside the Legislative Building Press Conference Room on International Day in 2017, 3/8/17, when women showed up en mass to support a previous $15in5 bill.
According to the media advisory, in 2019, “North Carolina lawmakers will join Raising Wages NC — a growing coalition of workers groups, advocates, business, and faith leaders — on March 19th to announce the introduction of inclusive legislation that raises the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour by 2024 and indexes it to the cost of living, ends the sub-minimum wage for persons with disabilities and phases it out for tipped workers, and repeals exemptions for agricultural and domestic workers.”
“North Carolina’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for a decade and does not cover everyone. At the event, legislators, workers, business owners, and faith leaders will call attention to the moral and economic imperative of making sure that everyone who works full time can earn a living wage, afford the basics, and has a fair opportunity to work hard and succeed — including people with disabilities, people who care for our homes and families, people who serve our food, and the people who grow it.”
What: “Raising the Minimum Wage is for Everyone” Press Conference
Who: Sen. Floyd McKissick, Rep. Susan Fisher, and Raising Wages NC Coalition
Where: NC General Assembly Press Room, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh
When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
More in the Media Advisory, at “Raising The Minimum Wage Is For Everyone” from 3/15/19 here.
We looked great in red, so I suggest wearing red again.
Here are some ideas for handmaid signs, if people are interested.
Hard Work Deserves Fair Pay
Equal Pay 4 Equal Work
Raise the Minimum Wage
Living Wage NOW!
Loving a Living Wage
A Minimum Wage Should Be A Living Wage
$7.25 – We Can’t Survive
$7.25 will not keep my family alive
$15 – because the rent won’t wait
$15 in 5
End Poverty Wages NOW!
Low Pay Is Not OK
Don’t forget restaurant workers – $2.13 an hour!
2/3 of minimum wage workers are women (NWLC)
Full time minimum wage workers are paid only $15,080 a year
Can you live on $15K a year?
I think red shirts would be powerful and go with the red $15in5 signs, assuming someone is bringing them.