Fighting for a living wage
Did you know that — thanks to rising inflation and congressionally mandated wage boosts that haven't kept pace — today's minimum wage has significantly less buying power than it did in years past?
Created in 1938 to ensure workers received a living wage, the real value of the minimum wage peaked in 1968 at $1.60 hourly, and it's gone downhill ever since. According to the Economic Policy Institute, today's federal minimum wage is worth 23 percent less than it was in 1968. Many earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour rely on government assistance to support themselves and their families.
Although minimum wage workers in New York state receive $8.75 hourly, it's still not enough. Thousands of NYSUT-represented School-Related Professionals earn less than a living wage from their paychecks. Mandating employers to pay living wages is key to maintaining a robust, sustainable economy — one that spurs consumer spending and business growth. Join the fight for a living wage.
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