The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality released “Bare Minimum: Why We Need to Raise Wages for America’s Lowest-Paid Families,” a report on working people and their struggle to make a living when paid the federal minimum wage or tips. The report makes a case for raising wages that is grounded in history, economics, and movements across the country, but particularly in the lived experience of our nation’s lowest-paid working people.
Raising the minimum wage, improving wage theft protections, and eliminating the tipped minimum wage can help ensure workers’ receive their legally owed earnings and improve their economic security.
Raising the minimum wage and eliminating the tipped minimum wage would empower workers to report and address sexual harassment in the workforce and would be especially beneficial to women.
Eliminating the tipped minimum wage would help redress the racial and gender iniquities that are rooted in the racist origins of the tipped minimum wage that still exist today.
Raising Wages, Reducing Inequality, Sustaining Families: Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Civil and Human Rights Issue
In partnership with The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the center released provides an updated take on the importance of raising the minimum wage as a civil and human rights issue.
In partnership with The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the center examines how the nation’s historically low minimum wage is an important driver of poverty and income inequality and examines the current state of minimum wage policy on the state and federal level, as well as the far-reaching benefits of a minimum wage increase.
The center joins some of DC’s leading experts on poverty and inequality to identify top solutions to ensure a more fair U.S. economy.
The Tipped Minimum Wage Hasn’t Budged in 25 Years. That’s a Problem.
Read the center’s latest blog on the 25th anniversary of the tipped minimum wage.