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Unitarian Universalists have been involved in supporting a
fair minimum wage since the year of our inception in 1961, when we passed a
resolution in support of an agricultural minimum wage for migrant workers. Ours has been a sustained commitment;
the 1961 resolution was followed by over three dozen social justice statements
in support of economic justice. Below are excerpts from those statements which have specifically
addressed fair wages or minimum wage.
Raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $10 in 20102008 Action of Immediate Witness
Excerpt: "...Therefore, be it resolved: The 2008 General Assembly supports the Let Justice
Roll Living Wage Campaign urging the 111th Congress in 2009 to raise the federal
minimum wage to $10 by 2010. We urge all Unitarian Universalist congregations
and individuals to participate by
Working for a Just Economic
1997 General Resolution
Excerpt: "...Therefore be it resolved that the Unitarian Universalist Association urges its member congregations and individual Unitarian
Universalists in the United States ...to work specifically in favor of mechanisms such as a true single
minimum wage, applicable to all workers, that provides an adequate standard of
A Job, A Home, A Hope
Excerpt: "...The Unitarian Universalist Association urges its member congregations and individual
Unitarian Universalists to work in coalition with community activists to ensure
that every member of our society has the opportunity for:
Poverty and Unemployment
Excerpt: ".... Be it further resolved that this Assembly endorses the
principle that every person has an inherent and moral right to work at a
meaningful wage, food, clothing and shelter."
Poor People’s Campaign
Excerpt: "The seventh General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association ...endorses the
following legislative goals..."
Economic Injustice, Poverty, and Racism: We
Can Make a Difference!
2000 Statement of Conscience
Excerpt: "...Our work for economic justice must include
support for fair wages and benefits..."
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.
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