Raise the Wage in Virginia
Email your legislator to demand they support a $15 minimum wage in Virginia!
When the minimum wage reform bill comes to a vote, I'm asking you to vote YES in support of a $15 an hour minimum wage. A regional minimum wage would accelerate inequality in Virginia. Since enactment in 1938, the federal minimum wage has set a national wage floor, not a system of regionalized wage floors. Virginia’s minimum wage should remain a statewide floor - not discriminating against people based on where they live and work. Today in the Commonwealth, 85% of Black workers who would otherwise benefit from a statewide $15 minimum wage live outside of the Northern Virginia area that will see the most increase. Same with 79% of women workers. And 83% of single parents. Additionally, regionalization will increase gender inequality throughout the Commonwealth because the majority of working people earning a minimum wage are women. As The Commonwealth Institute points out, “The gender wage gap in Virginia is already stark: women are paid 79 cents for every one dollar paid to men.” Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would help close the wage gap and give a boost to working families struggling to help their kids get ahead, lifting them out of poverty. There are thousands of workers in Virginia who deserve a higher minimum wage--one that is fair to all Virginians. No one should have to struggle to earn a livable wage. Virginians want to work hard and earn a decent wage that can support a family. They can’t do that when the minimum wage is only $7.25 an hour. I urge you to support a $15 minimum wage in Virginia.
Send the letter
Progress Now Virginia