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LOCAL News :: Labor & Class

Mininum Wage Increase Needed in Virginia

The 2006 Virginia General Assembly members have the opportunity to increase the minimum wage in Virginia.

More than 150,000 Virginians earn $5.15 an hour and are unable to keep pace with the rising costs of living. Most of these workers are full-time employeess and most are adults with families to support. It's time for Virginia to do what is necessary and right for the lowest paid workers in the state.
More than 150,000 Virginians earn $5.15 an hour and are unable to keep pace with the rising costs of living. Most of these workers are full-time employeess and most are adults with families to support. It's time for Virginia to do what is necessary and right for the lowest paid workers in the state.

Thousands of Virginians signed petitions in support of raising the minimum wage in Virginia. These petitions were delivered to all legislators who serve on Senate and House Commerce and Labor Committees.

On January 30th the Senate Commerce and Labor committee voted down legislation (Senate Bill 480)that would increase the hourly minimum wage in Virginia. This same legislation is in the House of Delegates (House Bill 539)and may go before committee members this week (Jan. 31-Feb.3).
Your help is still needed! The House Commerce and Labor committee members need to hear from you. The members of this committee are: McClellan, Sickles, Alexander, Abbitt, Melvin, Joannou,Jones, D.C.,Johnson, Plum, Suit, Nixon, Griffith, Dudley,Ware, R.L.,Bryon, Kilgore, Purkey,Parrish, Tata,Hargrove, Callahan (patron), Morgan, chairman. Help legislators understand that a minimum wage worker can no longer afford housing and other basic needs.
 
 


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