"Give America a Raise" Bus Tour Comes to ABQ TODAY
The Americans United for Change Bus Tour is coming to Albuquerque today and we’re getting fired up to go!
AUFC launched their “Give America a Raise” bus tour at the US Capitol last week and this week its criss-crossing the west rallying support for Congress to support the president’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage.
— Americans United (@AU4Change) April 17, 2014
At its Albuquerque stop today at noon, local business leaders including Nancy Denker of Focus Ink, Juan Certain of The Brew and Villa Miriam specialty coffee will join Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, AFSCME, OFA and ProgressNowNM to show that New Mexico is ready to give America a raise.
WHERE: Focus Ink, 335 Jefferson St SE, Albuquerque, NM
WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM MT
Washington DC – Americans agree: No one who works full-time should live in poverty. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening to workers around the country earning minimum wage. The national minimum wage has stayed the same since 2009, but what hasn’t is the price of food, gas, utilities, and basic necessities under inflation, making it nearly impossible to get by anywhere in America on $7.25 an hour or $15,000 a year. The city of Albuquerque has led by example, raising its minimum wage to $8.60 and indexing it for the cost of living, but minimum wage workers in the rest of the state make just $7.50/hr, which amounts to $15,600 a year. It’s long past time for Congress to give America a raise. And to help drive the point home, Americans United for Change has hit the road for a 20-State “Give America a Raise” Bus Tour supporting the sensible plan before Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.
The Next Stop: Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, April 22 at 12:15 PM MT in front of Focus Ink, 335 Jefferson St SE. With the backdrop of a 45’ long, 16-ton anti-poverty billboard on wheels and with invaluable support from ProgressNow New Mexico and AFSCME, Americans United will be joined by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1), local low-wage workers and paycheck fairness advocates, and a small business owner to call on U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM-02) to support the Harkin-Miller bill raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
IN NEW MEXICO: A new report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that 104,000 New Mexicans would be directly affected by increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10, which would boost total wages by over $201 million in the state. According to MIT, the living wage in Albuquerque is $17,618 to be able to afford housing, medical care, transportation and food. If full-time New Mexico workers made $10.10 an hour, they would earn $21,008 a year.