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Tue Jul 21, 2015, 11:41 AM

Bernie Sanders And Allies In Congress To Introduce $15 Federal Minimum Wage Wednesday

The Fight For 15 is heading to Washington. On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chairs of the 70-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, will unveil legislation that would set the federal minimum wage at $15 an hour--a figure that’s more than double the current rate of $7.25.

The proposal is unlikely to pass, but marks an ongoing leftward shift in the goalposts of minimum wage politics. By raising the pay floor to $15 by 2020, it outshines another Democratic proposal, backed by the White House, that sets a $12 rate by 2020. (That legislation, in turn, was a step up from another, previous Democratic proposal to raise the floor to $10.10 an hour.) In so doing, the bill ramps up pressure on liberal politicians looking to establish their low-wage worker bonafides. That development is especially relevant as Sanders and frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who recently declined to endorse the $15 figure, vye for the Democratic nomination for 2016.

The forthcoming legislation is, in part, a response to the so-called Fight for 15, a series of labor-backed protests calling for “$15 and a union,” says a Democratic staffer close to the Progressive Caucus. The high-visibility string of demonstrations and walk-outs, first organized by groups tied to the Service Employees International Union in late 2012, has driven the demand for $15 an hour into the political mainstream.

The staffer also pointed to growing momentum for a $15 minimum on the state level. On the same day that members of Congress will publicly announce their legislation, a New York wage panel is expected to formally endorse a $15 hourly minimum for fast food workers statewide. Gov. Andrew Cuomo impaneled the board earlier this year in response to ongoing protests. Meanwhile, activists in Oregon are moving closer to putting a $15 minimum wage initiative on the ballot in 2016.

According to the staffer, economists will also endorse the legislation on Wednesday. It is unlikely to gather much support, if any, from Republicans, but a majority of the Progressive Caucus is expected to support the bill.


http://www.ibtimes.com/bernie-sanders-allies-congress-propose-15-federal-minimum-wage-2016495

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Reply Bernie Sanders And Allies In Congress To Introduce $15 Federal Minimum Wage Wednesday (Original post)
bigtree Jul 2015 OP
NCTraveler Jul 2015 #1
PoliticAverse Jul 2015 #2
gollygee Jul 2015 #3
JaneyVee Jul 2015 #4
LWolf Jul 2015 #9
arcane1 Jul 2015 #11
AgingAmerican Jul 2015 #5
Sheepshank Jul 2015 #6
mmonk Jul 2015 #7
bigtree Jul 2015 #8
Zorra Jul 2015 #10

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 11:45 AM

1. This could be huge for his campaign and the American people.

 

Lets see if he has the leadership abilities to get it through. If not, the rhetoric will help move it in the future. Positive all the way around.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 11:45 AM

2. "The proposal is unlikely to pass" - there's an understatement. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 11:49 AM

3. It's unlikely to pass but it can create discussion

and show what Sanders' goals are. Free campaign advertising!

People can live on $15 an hour, and the 1% rely on people who are very poor and desperate. This won't be popular with them, but hopefully it will be with the mass of people making minimum wage or otherwise less than $15 an hour.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 11:52 AM

4. Noble effort, especially when...

 

We have a majority congress and senate that would rather abolish the minimum wage.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 03:35 PM

9. And many of them will be on ballots in 2016.

We'll remember.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 04:41 PM

11. Exactly!

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:01 PM

5. Queue the defeatists

 

3....2....1....

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Response to AgingAmerican (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:12 PM

6. YUP...I have all the hope in the world this will pass

 

...is that what you want to see?

Reallity is that there is a lot of discussion going on about raising the minimum wage. This move add to the discussion, but doesn't make it so. As JV aboe stated, most of the Republicans want to eliminate any minimum wage standard, so Bernie is fighting that mentality.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:15 PM

7. It's always nice to try. At least it gets people thinking I suppose.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:50 PM

8. kick

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 04:35 PM

10. A blatant attempt to oppress the downtrodden ownership class.

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