Poverty
8:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Minimum Wage Bus Rolls into Charleston

Minimum Wage Bus in Charleston
Minimum Wage Bus in Charleston
Credit Americans United for Change

An organization working to lobby law makers to raise the minimum wage made a stop in Charleston today. The group called, Americans United for Change, is behind a tour across the country the in the "Give America a Raise” bus.

While in the state, they are joined by West Virginia Citizen Action Group, local faith and labor leaders, a small business owner, and low-wage workers.

Campaign leaders applaud West Virginia and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for signing a bill into law Tuesday that raises the minimum wage to $8 on Jan. 1, 2015, and again to $8.75 in 2016. ~But the campaign is advocating for more. They’re calling on federal lawmakers to stand in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10.

The organization sites a MIT study which says that a living wage in Charleston today is 17-thousand dollars annually to be able to afford housing, medical care, transportation and food. If full-time West Virginia workers made $10.10 an hour, they’d earn more than 21-thousand a year.

The federal minimum wage has stayed the same since 2009. The current minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, means a full time employee makes $15,000 a year.