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Raise the Kansas Minimum Wage Info

Did you know. . .

the Kansas minimum wage is $2.65?


Join Kansas Action Network in a campaign to Raise the Wage!

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation of Central Kansas, AFL-CIO
3219 West Central
Wichita, KS 67203


Facts:

- After ten years without giving workers a raise, Congress has just passed legislation that increases the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour (in three steps over two years).

- Numerous polls over the past few years have shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans support an increase in the federal minimum wage (Pew Research Center, Gallup, National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University's Kennedy School, etc)

- NOT ALL KANSANS ARE COVERED BY THE FEDERAL LAW: at least 19,000 workers, according to the Kansas Department of Labor

- In February 2007, the Kansas legislature rejected a bill to raise the state minimum wage above $2.65. In fact, Kansas hasn't raised its state minimum wage rate in 19 years.

- An estimated 300,000 Kansans are living in poverty (about 11.7 % of the state population).

- State- and city-wide campaigns to raise wages have become increasingly common - and successful.

- Raising wages not only benefits workers directly - it also makes smart economic sense for businesses, small and large, AND it benefits local economies. There is ample evidence for this.


Since the Kansas legislature has resisted raising the minimum wage, it's up to cities to do the right thing. That's why Kansas Action Network is bringing together members of the faith, labor and grassroots organizing communities in a campaign to raise the wage floor on a city-by-city basis in Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City, Kansas.

Please join us on July 12 to learn about this important issue and discuss ways we can RAISE THE WAGE in Kansas to something that helps workers, business, and the overall Kansas economy. Light snacks will be served.

For more information contact Heidi Zeller, campaign organizer
raisethewagekansas@gmail.com or 785.760.2764

Kansas Action Network, Inc. is a broad based coalition for workers' rights, social justice and economic fairness seeking a common ground in the pursuit of a just society.
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