Supermarket News: House passes bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

By Lisa Jennings
Supermarket News, July 18, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Raise the Wage Act that would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. ...

Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, representing about 1,000 business owners and organizations, said in a statement, “Today’s vote to pass the Raise the Wage Act is a vital step forward. A $7.25 minimum wage is too little to live on, and that’s bad for business as well as workers. Consumer spending drives our economy and raising the minimum wage boosts the consumer spending and worker productivity that businesses depend on to thrive.

“House lawmakers did the right thing today by passing this bill,” Sklar added. “It’s time for the Senate to do the same.”

Many retailers are raising the minimum wage for their workers on their own, including a highly publicized announcement last year from Amazon and Whole Foods raising its minimum hourly wage to $15 per hour. ...

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