The fight over raising the minimum wage is heating up. During President Obama’s State of the Union address he announced that he would use an executive order to mandate that all government contractors pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour. This falls in line with the $10.10 per hour proposal that the President and Democrats have been pushing for months.
During the State of the Union called for more local legislation to push for a higher minimum wage since Congress in unable to pass the proposed increase.
“Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages. To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act.”
Now is your chance to help pass a minimum wage increase right here in New Hampshire.
On February 11th the NH House Labor Committee will hear testimony for and against raising the minimum wage. This is where you can help. We need people to show up and talk with legislators about why it is important to raise the minimum wage.
The specifics of HB 1403 are to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 in 2015 and then to $9.00 per hour in 2016. The bill will also tie the NH minimum wage to inflation, which insures that workers will continue to see an increase as their cost of living increases.
Even if you are not comfortable testifying to the committee about raising the minimum wage, we still need your help. Just being there to show your support is important.
There are multiple events going on Feb 11th as part of this consolidated push to pass HB 1403. The Voices of Faith for Humane Public Policy and the NH Faith-Labor Dialogue Project are hosting an ‘Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Calling for the Dignity of All Workers’ at
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, (21 Centre Street, Concord) at 8am.
(Please RSVP if you are planning to attend:
After the interfaith service the NH AFL-CIO is holding a Raise the Wage Press Conference. Those who support raising the minimum wage are encouraged to attend the press conference, which begins at 9:30 am in the Lobby of the Legislative Office Building.
Then at 10:30 everyone is encouraged to attend and sign in supporting the passage of HB 1403 at the public hearing (Room 305-307 in the Legislative Office Building). If you are interested in offering testimony for this bill, contact Kurt Ehrenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org for information and tips on delivering testimony.
Thousands of minimum wage workers need your help and your support to ensure the passage of HB 1403 to raise the minimum wage here in New Hampshire.