July 24 is the anniversary of last year’s raise in the federal
minimum wage and no new increases are scheduled. The minimum wage is so low
today at $7.25 an hour, says the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, that it’s
lower than the minimum wage of 1956, which was $8.02 adjusted for inflation.
1956 is 54 years ago.
By Brandee A. Thomas Gainesville Times, Feb 15 2010
On every shift,
servers must take sometimes complex food orders, ensure that food
reaches its intended destination at the proper temperature and stand on
their feet for hours at a time.
For many servers,
this balancing act is performed for $2.13 an hour. "Most people are
probably aware that in 2007, Congress acted to raise the federal minimum
wage in three steps to a modest $7.25 an hour," said Cindia Cameron,
co-chairwoman of the Georgia Minimum Wage Coalition.
By Walter C. Jones Athens Banner Herald, Feb 14 2010
ATLANTA - A coalition of churches and
advocates for the poor wants couples to share some of their affection on
Valentine's Day with the men and women who serve them their candlelit
Today is a big day for couples to plan romantic meals out, and the
Georgia Minimum Wage Coalition wants them to seek restaurants that
commit to pay their staff above the state and federal minimum wage.
Those that do may display a sign for "Fair Eats."
By Jonathan Springston Atlanta Progressive News, Jul 23 2009
The federal minimum wage is set to increase Friday to $7.25 per hour. The Let
Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign said in a press release this week that the
increase is good but not enough. Their campaign calls for a $10 minimum wage in
Over 600 faith leaders from 50 states have signed onto a letter
the group plans to send to the 111th Congress later this fall. Here’s an
ATLANTA — A federal minimum wage increase that takes effect Friday
could prolong the recession, some economists say, by forcing small
businesses to lay off the same workers that the pay hike passed in
better times was meant to help.
The increase to $7.25 means 70
cents more an hour for the lowest-paid workers in the 30 states that
have lower minimums or no minimum wage. It also means higher costs for
employers who feel they've already trimmed all their operating fat.