Advocates in Duluth call for minimum wage increaseA coalition of minimum wage advocates gathered in Duluth on Tuesday to call for a $9.50 minimum wage by 2015.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
A coalition of minimum wage advocates gathered in Duluth on Tuesday to call for a $9.50 minimum wage by 2015.
The Raise the Wage Coalition is asking state legislators to provide that boost during its 2014 session, which begins in February. The state’s current minimum wage for large employers is $6.15 an hour, but most businesses are required to pay the federal minimum of $7.25.
“No one who works 40-hour weeks should have to live in poverty,” Joe Sheeran, communications director for the coalition, said. “What we’re hoping is that when you raise minimum wage, people are going to have more spending power, and with more money in their pockets, they’re going to spend that money in the community.”
Earlier this year, the Minnesota House voted to gradually raise the rate to $9.50 over a period of two years, while the Senate supported an increase to just $7.75.