Press Releases

DC Businesses Applaud Mayor Signing $15 Minimum Wage Bill into Law

Mayor Bowser will visit &pizza and sign $15 minimum wage bill into law, as additional Business for a Fair Minimum Wage members attend in support

CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, (530) 864-7014,

Washington, D.C. June 27, 2016 — Washington D.C. business owners will be on hand today to support Mayor Muriel Bowser as she visits &pizza, a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, and signs the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016.

Nashville Business Owner Named White House ‘Champion of Change’ for Fair Pay Advocacy

CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014 or

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, owner of LetterLogic in Nashville and a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, named a Champion of Change by the White House today for championing a fair pay business model

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2016 —Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, the founder and CEO of LetterLogic in Nashville and a leading member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, will be honored Thursday at the White House as a Champion of Change for her work championing a fair pay business model in her community and across America.

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

CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014, OR Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

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,

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, or Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014,

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,, 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.

California Business Owners Speak Out in Support of Just-Passed Historic Minimum Wage Bill

For immediate release: March 31, 2016
CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014,
or Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

Small business owners across the state are making their voices heard in support of a bill, passed by the California Legislature Thursday, which will gradually increase the Golden State’s minimum wage to $15. Owners of companies of varying sizes are speaking out in favor of a bill they say is a smart business move because it will put more money in their customer’s pockets, increase worker productivity and strengthen the economy.

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

Contact: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

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,

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,, 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).

Friday Will Mark 6 Years Since Last Federal Minimum Wage Increase; Business Owners Call for Raise

CONTACT: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC – This Friday, July 24, will mark six years since the federal minimum wage was last increased in 2009. Business leaders say the delay in raising the minimum wage is bad for businesses and our economy as well as for workers.

“Businesses need customers who can afford what they are selling, but today’s minimum wage has less buying power than it had in 1950,” said Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. “We can’t build a strong economy on a weak wage foundation.”

Business Owners Applaud Kansas City Minimum Wage Hike

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2015
Contact Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

KANSAS CITY, MO – Business leaders applauded today’s action by the Kansas City Council to establish a minimum wage of $8.50 an hour on August 24, 2015 that will be gradually raised to $13 by January 2020, and then adjusted annually for the cost of living. This is especially significant because Kansas City is the first Missouri municipality to pass a citywide minimum wage that is higher than the state level (now just $7.65).