December 18, 2014 · 26 Kislev

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The Fair Labor Standards Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, was passed to ensure that workers would be paid fair wages and be treated fairly. It set the minimum wage at 25 cents an hour. This law remains in effect today, periodically updated to reflect inflation.
The Minimum Wage Increase of 2007, Minimum Wage Legislation at the State Level, and Living Wage Ordinances.
Though the Torah recognizes that we cannot necessarily eliminate all poverty, we are taught that we must work to alleviate its impact. Making sure the poor are provided for is a responsibility for society as well as for the individual.
Press Releases and Statements from the Religious Action Center on this issue.
A full-time minimum wage worker earns $15,080 per year, less than the poverty level for a family of three. Living wage campaigns seek to remedy this situation.
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Working families are still struggling to keep themselves out of poverty. If the minimum wage had kept pace with the cost of living over the past forty years, it would be more than $10.55 per hour. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, and help create economic opportunity for all.

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For More Information

To learn more, contact RAC Legislative Assistant Howie Levine, or visit the following websites:

  • The Economic Policy Center’s minimum wage website has the most up-to-date economic analysis of the issue.
  • Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)is a social advocacy organization dedicated, in part, to promoting an adequate minimum wage.
  • The AFL-CIO is a leading force in the movement to raise the minimum wage.
  • Let Justice Roll is a coalition of faith and community voices fighting against poverty. The Let Justice Roll webpage has many resources for organizing your local community.


Last updated January 1, 2014.

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