Press Releases

Business Owners Supportive of Minimum Wage Hikes Available to Comment on New Year’s Increases

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

Dec. 14, 2016 – Nineteen states will be raising their minimum wage to start the new year because of ballot measures and legislation passed in 2016 and previous years. This will boost consumer spending, lower employee turnover, and increase productivity and customer satisfaction for myriad businesses—providing a welcome boost to local economies.

Store of the Year Winner Cambridge Naturals Raises Starting Pay to $15

December 13, 2016 – Cambridge Naturals, an award-winning family-owned retailer in Cambridge, MA, will increase its starting hourly wage from $13 to $15, effective December 19. While the company already pays above the state minimum wage and the retail industry average, the new $15 wage floor will be in line with the higher standard for a living wage in the city of Cambridge. In addition, Cambridge Naturals already provides 100% medical and dental insurance coverage to all full-time employees.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Deputy Secretary Chris Lu Join Fast Growing &pizza to Call for Raising Minimum Wage

CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, (530) 864-7014, OR Charly Rok, (917-912-2863),

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage member &pizza hosts roundtable to discuss how businesses thrive with a fair wage, low-turnover business model

Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2016 — Today, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage member &pizza hosted a roundtable with Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu to discuss the business and economic case for paying fair wages and the need to raise the minimum wage at the state and federal level.

Business Owners Applaud State Minimum Wage Victories and Call for Federal Increase

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

Business owners quoted below, and many others around the country, available for interviews

Nov. 8, 2016 – Business leaders are applauding passage of ballot initiatives raising the minimum wage in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington State, and are urging Congress to follow suit and raise the outdated federal minimum wage of $7.25, which comes to just $15,080 a year for full-time workers and undermines the consumer demand that businesses depend on.

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.