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Resolutions & Amendments

38th International Convention - San Francisco, CA (2008)

Minimum Wage - Index for Inflation

Resolution No. 25
38th International Convention
Moscone West
July 28 - August 1, 2008
San Francisco, CA

The federal minimum wage was increased for the first time in over a decade from $5.15 to $5.85 in July of 2007 and is scheduled to increase 70 cents each summer until 2009, when all minimum-wage jobs will pay no less than $7.25 an hour; and

An estimated 13 million workers, 10 percent of the workforce, rely on the minimum wage; and

The average minimum wage worker earns 58 percent of his or her family’s weekly income; and

A single parent working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, would earn $12,168 annually at the current minimum wage of $5.85, and still fall below the United States Census Bureau poverty-threshold annual income of $14,291 for one child and $16,705 for two children; andWHEREAS:
Increases in the minimum wage do not reduce employment or job opportunities for young adults and adults without a college education; and

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed minimum wage laws establishing higher wage floors than the federal government; and

The minimum wage, unlike Social Security and many tax code provisions, is not required by federal law to be adjusted for inflation every year; and

The eroding real value of the minimum wage has steadily decreased the standard of living for low-income workers; and

Minimum wages in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon and Washington automatically rise with inflation.

That AFSCME call upon the United States Congress to take the next step towards improving the wages of working families and index the federal minimum wage for inflation to ensure that a minimum wage provides a living wage.
SUBMITTED BY: Raglan George, Jr., Executive Director and Delegate
Kim Medina, President and Delegate
AFSCME Council 1707
New York