Business owners, CEOs say higher minimum wage good for business

Oct 31 2006
Cleveland, OH -- Business owners, executives and venture capitalists around the nation -- including the states where minimum wage is on the ballot Nov. 7 -- are calling for a higher minimum wage to pay workers fairly, boost business and strengthen the economy.

The statement released today calls for raising the wage floor above $5.15 an hour, noting, "Minimum wage workers have less buying power than minimum wage workers had half a century ago.

Signs of the Times — Inside Helena’s labor crunch

By John Harrington
Helena Independent Record, Oct 29 2006

George Lane IR Staff Photographer - Shalon Hastings, left, owner of Taco del Sol, warms a tortilla for another burrito while employee Lindsay Brown stirs up the refried beans.

Let Justice Roll mobilizes values voters with hundreds of minimum wage events across U.S.

Sep 27 2006
OCTOBER "LIVING WAGE DAYS" Build Momentum For Ballot Measures in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Ohio

New York City -- As Congress continues to stall on raising the minimum wage, the national Let Justice Roll Campaign will hold hundreds of rallies, workshops, religious services and prayer breakfasts in October to build support for raising the minimum wage at the state and federal level.

Business groups organize coalition to oppose minimum wage hike

By Mike Dennison
Sep 2 2006
HELENA — Several business groups have formed a committee to campaign against the ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage in Montana, calling itself the Coalition Against Continual Price Increases.

The coalition, led by the Montana Chamber of Commerce and Montana Retail Association, is opposing Initiative 151 because it not only increases the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.15, but also has subsequent cost-of-living increases for the minimum wage each year, said Brad Griffin, president of the Retail Association.

Hundreds rally for minimum wage increase

By Charles S. Johnson
Helena Independent Record, Aug 9 2006
HELENA — Although airplane mechanical problems stopped John Edwards from traveling here Tuesday to support raising Montana’s minimum wage, the potential presidential candidate threw his support behind it from afar.

Edwards, the Democratic Party vice presidential nominee in 2004, was grounded in Salina, Kan. He was unable to travel to Montana Tuesday for the rally or a later fundraiser at the governor’s mansion to raise money for Democratic state legislative candidates.

Montana Minimum Wage Hike to be on November Ballot

By Matthew Frank
New West, Jul 13 2006
“It was the union man taking (the petition) around union hall. It was the business man taking it to the office.”

That’s why Montanans have the chance to vote on a minimum wage increase this November, said Steve Bullock, director of the broad coalition Raise Montana that circulated the petition. “It was largely a volunteer effort.”

Minimum Wage Rally

Beartooth NBC News, May 16 2006

"Raise Montana" held a rally yesterday at the Capitol in support of raising the state's minimum wage. The group is trying to collect 22 thousand signatures in order to get the issue on the November ballot. So far, they have 16 thousand. Raise Montana wants to increase the current minimum wage of five dollars and fifteen cents an hour to $6.15. Steve Bullock, Raise Montana Director: "Realistically, at 10,700 a year, which is what a minimum wage earner makes a year, a person can't make a living.

Time for a minimum-wage hike

Op-ed by Steve Bullock
Helena Independent Record, Apr 19 2006

The April tax filing deadline always offers a bit of a reality check. There it is, in black and white — a permanent record of what we earned last year. It is a reminder that we do not stay in Montana to get rich. We choose to live here, and we appreciate that it is not always easy to make ends meet.

As you reflect on your past year, I invite you to think about what it would be like if that bottom line was capped at around $10,000 a year. Because, for far too many hard working Montanans, a full day’s work still means living in poverty.
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