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Received this e-mail from Senate Brian Schatz (D. HI) regarding raising the minimum wage:
As your Senator, I will always stand up for Hawaii values -- and that means making sure that hardworking people across the state earn enough money to support their families.

Here in Hawaii, we have an incredibly high cost of living; Honolulu was recently ranked as having the least affordable housing market out of any city in the entire United States, and the 3rd least affordable market in the world. With 14,000 workers in Hawaii earning the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour or less, they just can’t make ends meet.

For workers earning minimum wage -- many of whom live below the poverty line -- one or two or even three minimum wage jobs just can’t keep their families afloat. People who show up and work hard every day, providing vital services we need like caring for the elderly, fixing cars, and ringing up cash registers, should be able to support their families. In order to keep these families afloat, we’ve got to raise the federal minimum wage for millions of American workers.

Will you join me, and become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of of the Fair Minimum Wage Act? Click here, and show your support for making sure that we raise the federal minimum wage.

When I was in the state legislature, I repeatedly supported increases to the state minimum wage. And I’m proud to bring this fight to the U.S. Senate.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act would give nearly 28 million Americans a raise, and pull millions of families out of poverty. These people work hard, and play by the rules, and they deserve to be able to support their families -- and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour is essential.

Raising the minimum wage would also be a big step towards achieving pay equity for women. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women; and 71% of tipped workers -- like servers in restaurants -- are women. Raising the federal minimum wage, including the wage for tipped workers, is something we must do to ensure equal pay for women.

Join me as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act -- click here now, and show your support for working families.

For the 113,000 Hawaii families that would directly or indirectly see raises due to this legislation, paying the rent and putting food on the table will be that much easier. These are the Hawaii values that I’m proud to stand up for in the U.S. Senate.

Thank you for standing up for our families and our communities.


Brian Schatz

U.S. Senator

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Originally posted to pdc on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 05:34 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    mimi, raatz

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 05:34:47 PM PST

  •  Happy to support Sen. Brian Schatz (1+ / 0-)
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    concerning raising the hourly wages. In addition I would wish he would push for for a law that would restrict employers to change the number of hours they offer a newly hired minimum wage worker downwards for a whole year.

    The crux for most workers is that they can never know how many hours they get and for how long. Nobody can plan a one year rental lease, if a worker can't count on the same income from his employer for at least a year.

    People lose their roof over their heads, because nothing is steady or sure when it comes to their income. If the business is slow, people get downgraded from 30 hours to 18,  or from fulltime to 20 hours or even less and that within a few months or weeks. Shouldn't be allowed in my opinion.

    In Hawaii the minimum wage should be around $ 14 to $ 15. Not only are rental prices extremely high for a little shacky Ohana, but no worker can really make it without a car in most cases and the gasoline is way higher than anywhere else.

  •  That's our man! (0+ / 0-)

    Doing that Hawaiian thing - thinking about others. Aloha, we call it. It's considered classy in some places.

    So many times I've wished Obama had never left Hawai'i and lost the Aloha spirit...

  •   schatz has a good read on hawaii. (1+ / 0-)
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    he wants to raise the minimum wage, add more national parks to the state, and generally is a very solid progressive. i hope he wins.

  •  $10.10 is weak tea, so is inflation adjustment (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not advocating for an immediate hike to $15 or higher, but, we can do better than a slow phase-in to less than the 1968 value.

    I'd go for 11.25 or more, with a buck extra if healthcare isn't provided (let it count toward the 8%), and I'd index to productivity, not inflation.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 12:42:10 AM PST

  •  i would add inflation plus a kicker (0+ / 0-)

    say inflation plus 10 cents. i'm up for anything that raises the wage and keeps folks head above water.

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