Low-wage workers rally to raise federal, state minimum wage

4:08 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - More than 30 events were scheduled in cities nationwide to lobby for better pay for low-wage workers.

In Sacramento, a handful of supporters came out to the Capitol for a rally Tuesday. They said they can't afford to live on California's minimum wage of $8, let alone the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Low income earners said they are important to the economy because they cannot afford to save money, or invest money like other high income earners. These workers claim most all their paychecks go right back into the local economy.

 "The real problem is too many of us here aren't making enough money to get by," Raising Federal Minimum Wage Advocate Jimell Moore said. "If we convince Congress to take action and reduce the gap in the rich and the rest of us, we will help small businesses grow, create jobs and boost our local economies."

Three years ago, on July 24, 2009, the federal government raised its minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. But, low income workers said that's not enough money. They want a $10 an hour federal minimum wage.

"Even in the state of California where the minimum wage is $8 an hour, a total yearly income of $16,640 is not enough for one person, much less to sustain a family," Moore said.

Events were scheduled throughout the state, as well as Washington D.C.


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