We need calls and emails to legislators and legislative leadership to demonstrate there is significant support for raising the minimum wage this session!
Legislators are discussing how to raise the minimum wage to align more closely with the state’s base livable wage policy. But, they’ve been hearing A LOT from opponents.
Hundreds of Rights & Democracy volunteers and members hit the doors in last year’s elections to give House Democratic leaders the veto-proof majority necessary to advance key bills for Vermont’s families and workers—including raising the minimum wage.
The time to make good on election promises is today.
We must urge House members leadership to raise the minimum wage to a base livable wage of $15 an hour by 2024. This is the least we can do for the tens of thousands of Vermonters who are working one, two, and three jobs to keep our economy humming. Now, we need to make sure the economy works for them, too.
If you can send them an email or call them, let them know that raising the wage:
- Puts more money in people’s pockets has a positive ripple effect on the entire economy. A higher minimum wage helps small businesses’ bottom line by giving them what they need most, customers.
- When our lowest paid workers have enough money to support themselves and their families, our families and communities are healthier.
- Women represent less than half of the workforce, but outnumber men when it comes to sub-livable wage work. Of Vermonters earning less than $15 an hour, 58% are women.
- Nearly half of all Vermonters in low-wage jobs have some level of college education, and more than 86% have a high school diploma. And, 62% of those who would be affected by a $15 minimum wage are older than 25.
- Jobs that provide low wages and no benefits place additional pressure on our social safety net, driving up costs for taxpayers and leaving families struggling just to get by.
- When someone earns a livable minimum wage, rates of turnover decrease because of workers stay healthier and and happier with their jobs—which means small businesses save money associated with training and recruiting new employees.
So … call or email today and remind your local legislator know that you voted for them last November so they could take the bold action needed to make our economy fair for everyone, and give a boost to our rural economy by putting money back into the pockets of hard-working Vermonters.
It’s time to build a Vermont economy that works for, and support, everyone.