WASHINGTON (WWJ) – It would mean a bit more money in the pockets of working Americans.

A number of Congressmen from several states, including Michigan, are hoping to raise the current federal minimum wage to $10.

U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) joined Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois and Dennis Kucinich of Ohio on Wednesday in announcing the proposed legislation they’ve titled the  ”Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012.”Image

The current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

“This legislation is long-overdue and sorely needed,” said Conyers in a statement. “More than 30 million Americans would see their wages increased which would provide an immediate boost to the economy.  And if you look at today’s levels of inflation, average wages, and productivity, the data clearly shows that today’s minimum wage provides far less for American families than it has historically.

“In fact, as the bill’s name suggests, even if raised to $10.00 per hour, the rate would still be lower than in 1968 if adjusted for inflation.  This bill is a good starting point for reversing this unacceptable historical trend in working and middle class wages,” he said.

“The minimum wage was originally created to ensure that workers were able to secure a decent and dignified life for themselves and their families through their labor.  As the years have passed and the purchasing power provided by the minimum wage has waned, this social contract has been broken and the exploitation of low-income workers has increased at a disturbing rate,” Conyers said.

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Action Now Illinois’s mission is to organize working families and strengthen their voices on issues of racial, social and economic justice. Action Now is active on issues that include foreclosure and vacant properties, school improvement, access to health care, living wage jobs, utility costs, immigrant rights, public safety, (both antiviolence and criminal justice reform), and environmental justice. Action Now Illinois is a member-driven organization. Our issue campaigns come out of listening to community residents through regular monthly meetings, engaging the base by going door-to-door and mobilizing all residents to take part in their community. Our leadership development includes formal leadership training and the active involvement by members in the planning, implementation and evaluation of issue campaigns. Action Now Illinois members are committed to fight for equal rights, equal services, and equal justice for working families. To become a member of Action Now; call (217) 528-1356 or e-mail ActionNowSPI@gmail.com!
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