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To: Oklahoma legislators
Raise Oklahoma's minimum wage.
Support legislation to raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma to $10.10 an hour, with automatic raises indexed to inflation each year.
Why is this important?
At just $7.25 an hour, Oklahoma's minimum wage leaves a family of three stuck below the poverty line. Like workers being paid the minimum wage in the other 49 states, these Oklahoma workers can't even afford to pay for an average two-bedroom apartment by working a standard 40-hour work week. Boosting Oklahoma’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would give a much-needed pay raise to 300 thousand workers in the state.
Oklahoma workers deserve better. The minimum wage in Oklahoma is so low that minimum wage workers can't afford the basic necessities they need to get by, but the minimum wage in Oklahoma hasn't been raised since 2009, despite inflation. Today, the real value of the federal minimum wage is actually a few dollars lower than it was in 1968.
In 2013, we finally saw national momentum build for raising the minimum wage to a decent level. President Obama declared his intention to raise the minimum wage, and two members of Congress actually introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, indexed to inflation.
But thousands of Oklahoma workers shouldn't have to wait for the federal government to take action and restore their dignity. Now is the time for Oklahoma legislators to raise the minimum wage to a wage that is fair and would allow thousands of minimum wage workers to provide for their families without public assistance.
By raising the minimum wage in Oklahoma, legislators can create desperately needed jobs by injecting more money into our local economy. Not only would the wages of workers currently making the minimum wage increase -- thousands more who make just above the minimum would also see an automatic raise in their income. And because minimum-wage workers are more likely to be women, raising their income would also help close the gender gap in wages.
At a time when recent polls show that 67 percent of Americans support an increase in the federal minimum wage, it's important that we show Oklahoma legislators that we support an increase in our own state's minimum wage as well. By signing my petition, you can tell Oklahoma legislators that now is the time to raise Oklahoma's minimum wage to $10.10 with automatic increases tied to inflation.