Every woman wants what’s best for her children. She’ll work long hours, sacrifice sleep, forget to eat and do whatever it takes. But what if that’s not enough?
What if she works full time but can't earn more than $1,280 per month? Imagine raising two children on that paycheck.
Sounds like a nightmare, but instead it’s reality for hundreds of thousands of women in California. They're working hard and they're working full time, but they're raising their children in poverty.
$8/hour x 40 hours x 4 weeks = $1,280/month. In today’s prices, that’s an equation for working hard, but hardly making it.
That's why we’re cosponsoring a bill, SB 935 (Leno), which will raise the minimum wage to $11 in 2015, $12 in 2016 and $13 in 2017. This bill will not only help thousands of working families in California lift themselves out of poverty—it will help all of us. Our economy will benefit because every extra dollar that working families earn will be put right back into our economy.
This important anti-poverty bill is now being reviewed by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. They’ll be making their decision on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Send a letter to the Committee members and ask them to support this trailblazing bill!
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