Today, members of Congress will introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which will bring the federal minimum wage to $15/hour by 2025. We hope you will join Every Texan in encouraging our Texas Representatives in Congress to support this critical legislation.
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Below is our open letter to the Texas Congressional Delegation. We hope you will join us and let Congress know millions of Texas need higher pay.
Dear Texas Congressional Delegation,
Low wage earning Texans have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic; now is the time to give them and our economy the financial boost needed to come back stronger than before. We ask for your support of the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. This important and long overdue legislation will provide a critical boost to the hardworking Texans you represent. Among those who will benefit from this increase are the workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. This increase will heavily impact women and workers of color who have taken the hardest economic hit during this crisis, while continuing to fill caretaker and essential worker roles.
At Every Texan, we believe in a future where hard work guarantees the ability to meet basic needs and provide a home where Texas children are given the tools for a successful future. Analysis of raising the wage to $15 per hour shows that nearly 4.5 million working Texans will see an increase in their income as a result of this legislation. This means more of our neighbors will be better able to afford basic necessities, such as food and housing, that so many in our state have been struggling to afford even before the effects of the global pandemic.
This legislation will be monumental for race and gender equity. Black and Hispanic workers in Texas are over twice as likely to see increases in their paychecks compared to White workers in Texas. An estimated 41% of Texas’ women in the workforce would see higher wages.
After more than a decade without an increase in the federal minimum wage – the longest stretch in U.S. history – millions of people across the country are working 40 hours or more a week and still cannot pay their bills, support their families, or achieve economic stability. We ask that you please join your colleagues in Congress and specifically the numerous representatives from Texas who are co-sponsors in supporting the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 to boost workers’ wages and fight racial inequality by gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.