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Because: Unitarian Universalists as a community of faith
uphold the inherent worth, rights and dignity of all people;
Whereas: We have supported a fair minimum wage since 1961,
passing a resolution supporting an agricultural minimum wage for migrant
workers, and since then our sustained commitment has yielded more than three
dozen economic justice resolutions, including a 1997 General Resolution calling
for Unitarian Universalist congregations and individuals “to work specifically
in favor of mechanisms such as a true single minimum wage, applicable to all
workers, that provides an adequate standard of living";
Whereas: The Unitarian Universalist Association and the
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee are members of the national interfaith
Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign, hundreds of Unitarian Universalist
ministers and faith leaders sent a Letter to Congress in January 2007 urging
Congress to raise the federal minimum wage (enacted July 24, 2007) and Unitarian
Universalist congregations have supported legislation and ballot initiatives in
several states to raise state minimum wages since 2005;
Whereas: The current minimum wage is a poverty wage instead
of an anti-poverty wage, the 2007 minimum wage increase was from $5.15 to $5.85
and the minimum wage is still worth less than in 1997, when it was $6.95 in 2008
Whereas: By the time the minimum wage reaches $7.25 in 2009,
it will not be worth much more than it was in 1997 and could be worth less if
inflation rises more rapidly than the Congressional Budget Office forecasts;
Whereas: The federal minimum
wage sets the wage floor for all wages;
Whereas: More than 800 business owners, executives and
venture capitalists from every state have signed a statement asserting, “Higher
wages benefit business by increasing consumer purchasing power, reducing costly
employee turnover, raising productivity, and improving product quality, customer
satisfaction and company reputation";
Whereas: A minimum wage of at least $10 in 2010 is necessary
to provide workers with a minimum standard of living;
Whereas: The pay gap between minimum wage workers and CEOs
grew nearly fifteen times wider between 1980 and 2006;
Whereas: A minimum wage of $10 in 2010 would restore the
minimum wage to about half the projected average worker wage; in 1968 the
minimum wage was 53 percent of the average worker wage and in 2006 the minimum
wage had eroded to 31 percent of the average worker wage; and
Whereas: Low-wage workers whose labor is often exploited and
invisible support others’ unearned privilege;
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
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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