The Movement for $15
While the U.S. economy continues to see steady growth, real wages are declining for the average U.S. worker – particularly for those in low-wage occupations. This dynamic has prompted a national conversation around income inequality and created momentum for efforts to raise the minimum wage to a more meaningful level.
No longer just a rallying cry, since 2014 the call for a $15 wage has spread to a growing number of jurisdictions – including major cities and states. The following resources make the case for the need for and feasibility of phasing the minimum wage up to around $15, and illustrate the strong public support high-wage proposals enjoy.
NELP Reports & Fact Sheets
Policies and Campaigns
|Federal, State, Local | $15 Minimum Wage Laws & Current Campaigns|
|Federal | Sanders/Ellison Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Fact Sheet, Economists' Letter|
|Business | The Fight for $15: Existing High Dollar Value Minimum Wage - Employers Chart|
|CNBC | Gov. Cuomo is Right About $15 Minimum Wage (September 10, 2015)|
|CNN | $15 Minimum Wage: A Domino Effect? (July 24, 2015)|
|CNN | Fight for $15 is Winning in Seattle (May 15, 2014)|
|MSNBC | Opposition to Raising the Minimum Wage is Crumbling (October 14, 2014)|
|CNN | Could $15 Minimum Wage Be Getting Closer (September 4, 2015)|
|MSNBC | Home Care Workers Join the 'Fight for $15' (September 4, 2014)|
|MSNBC | Fast Food Workers' Strike Gains Steam (Demeber 4, 2014)|
|TIME | The $15 Minimum Wage is a Bellwether of the New Living Wage (August 29, 2014)|