75 years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a federal minimum wage. It was a wonderful start — and now it's time to make sure the minimum wage works for the 21st century.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 will provide a much-needed update to the minimum wage by gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour, and indexing it to inflation in order to keep up with the rising cost of living. It will also increase the minimum cash wage for tipped workers to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage — because right now the federal minimum cash wage for tipped workers is only $2.13 per hour.
Minimum-wage workers across the country can’t afford to wait for a raise any longer! Urge your Senators and Representative to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I'm writing to ask you to co-sponsor and strongly support the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. This bill is a key step toward fair pay for women and greater economic security for their families.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]