Press Releases

Passage of D.C. $15 Minimum Wage Will Boost Local Economy, Businesses

CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014, erin@erinmusgravecommunications.com OR Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org

Washington, D.C. June 7, 2016 — Passage today of a bill gradually raising Washington, D.C.’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 will bolster the economy and local businesses. The bill, which will adjust the minimum wage for the cost of living beginning in 2021, will create a more stable, productive workforce and increase the consumer buying power businesses rely on to thrive and create jobs. D.C’s minimum wage, now $10.50, is currently scheduled to increase to $11.50 in July.

Business owners supportive of a $15 minimum wage spoke out in favor of the bill’s passage.

Business Owners Testify in Support of $15 at D.C. Council Hearing on Minimum Wage Hike

CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, (530) 864-7014, erin@erinmusgravecommunications.com

Washington, D.C. May 26, 2016 — Local business owners testified today in support of raising Washington, D.C.’s minimum wage to $15 at the D.C. Council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs hearing—the first public hearing on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal to raise the District’s minimum wage.

SBA’s Small Business Owners of the Year Call for Federal Minimum Wage Hike

Owners named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Louisiana and Maine’s 2016 Small Business People of the Year call on lawmakers to increase federal minimum wage to at least $12 by 2020

CONTACT: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org or Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014, erin@erinmusgravecommunications.com

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2016 —The business owners named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Louisiana and Maine’s 2016 Small Business People of the Year are calling on lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage to at least $12 by 2020.

Business Owners Tell Congress Raising the Wage Makes Economic Sense

Business owners from across the country testified before the House Democratic Caucus today about the benefits of raising the federal minimum wage

Washington, DC, April 27, 2016—Today business owners from diverse states and industries testified before Congress about how businesses and the economy will benefit from raising the federal minimum wage.

New York Businesses Voice Support of $15 Minimum Wage Passing Today

​Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Ben and Jerry’s, Small Business Owners Upstate and Downstate Say Raise Good for Business, Economy
Contact: Bob Keener, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org, 617-610-6766

NEW YORK, April 1, 2016 – Business leaders across New York are voicing support for the plan passing today to gradually raise the state’s current $9 minimum wage to $15 as good for business and the economy. Two of our nation’s highest cost of living states – New York and California – will be phasing in a $15 minimum wage. The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 30,000 businesses, Ben and Jerry’s, Spectronics Corporation, Amalgamated Bank, IceStone, Ithacamade and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York were among numerous business organizations and small business owners who provided testimony and advocated in favor of a $15 state minimum wage.

Businesses Applaud Gov. Wolf’s New Minimum Wage Executive Order and Call for Statewide PA Minimum Wage Increase

Contact: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org

Harrisburg, PA, March 7, 2016. – Pennsylvania business owners joined Governor Tom Wolf as he signed an Executive Order establishing a minimum wage of $10.15 an hour for state employees under his jurisdiction as well as employees of state government contractors. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, which has been set at $7.25 an hour since 2009, is lower than most other states, including all six of Pennsylvania’s neighbors.

Business Owners Back New Year Minimum Wage Hikes in 14 States, Call for Federal Raise

Contact: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org

Washington, DC, December 23, 2015  – Fourteen states are raising their minimum wage next week with strong support from business owners. Business leaders believe these state increases make good business sense and would also like to see Congress raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009, to benefit the economy nationwide.

Business Owners Call for Minimum Wage Raise As Federal Minimum Stuck Below 1950 Labor Day Buying Power

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2015
CONTACT: Bob Keener, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org, 617-610-6766

Business owners and executives across America are calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 – just $15,080 a year – since 2009. This Labor Day, the federal minimum wage will be worth less than it was on Labor Day 1950 when the minimum wage was $7.43, adjusted for inflation. It will have one-third less buying power than the minimum wage of 1968 ($10.97 in 2015 dollars).

Businesses Set to Benefit from July 1 Minimum Wage Increases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2015
CONTACT: Bob Keener, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org, 617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC – Business owners are welcoming the minimum wage increases effective July 1 in Maryland, Washington, DC and Chicago. They say the increases will boost the consumer spending that drives job creation, and that businesses will benefit from lower employee turnover and increased productivity, product quality and customer satisfaction.

Business Owners Support $12 By 2020 Minimum Wage To Be Introduced Today In Congress

Eileen Fisher, Ben and Jerry’s, Zingerman’s Among First Signers On New Business Petition For Higher Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2015
Contact: Bob Keener, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org, 617-610-6766
Holly Sklar, holly@businessforafairminimumwage.org, 617-522-2923

Washington DC – Business owners applauded the planned introduction today of new legislation to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck since 2009 at $7.25 an hour – just $15,080 a year for fulltime work. Business for a Fair Minimum Wage is launching a new sign-on statement for business owners and executives supporting a gradual increase to $12 by 2020 to benefit business and the economy.

Business Owners Praise Plan to Raise PA Minimum Wage As Gov. Wolf Set to Announce Budget

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2015
Contact Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, bob@businessforafairminimumwage.org

Harrisburg, PA – Business owners from across the commonwealth today released statements praising Governor Tom Wolf’s goal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. They have signed, and many others are signing, an online business statement which calls for a phased increase of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour. In addition, the business statement calls for annual adjustments so the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living.