Why Raise The Wage?
Everyone, black, brown, and white alike, should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed in our community. Everyone deserves to have a stable future with financial security and independence. People who work hard and play by the rules should be able to afford to live with dignity and raise a family. But conservatives and corporate special interest groups are working together to keep the minimum wage low so that no matter how hard we work, we can’t get ahead. We need to come together across our differences to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for everyone in our community.
Did You Know?
low wage workers are women
full-time workers in Virginia would be affected by raising the minimum wage
of workers who would benefit from raising the minimum wage are supporting children
small business owners support increasing the federal minimum wage and adjusting it yearly to keep up with the cost of living
Virginia children live in a household that would see increased income from increasing the wage
of all Virginians who would benefit from an increased minimum wage are working full time
Miryam Vergara de Ruiz
I have a fissure in my tailbone, but I can’t afford to see a doctor or get medicine. I have so much pain that it hurts too much to sleep. I am already in debt from emergency room bills and an accident that put me out of work for 3 months. I can’t pay this debt off on my current wages, and I’m getting further into debt because I have to borrow money to pay the rent. My life would be much better if I made $15. I’d buy health insurance and my health would improve. I could also afford to eat healthier food.
Brenda Cosby Ruffin
I've been a home health care worker since 2006. I work to take care of my mom who needs constant help. If I didn't do it, someone else would have to, and it works better for her to have someone she knows caring for her rather than a stranger. I get paid to do this work, but it's not nearly enough. It's hard to survive on just $9, and if I didn't have my husband, I don't know what I would do. Every month, I have to call the water or the gas company to get an extension or pay just part of what I owe. I can't keep up with my bills, and I'm struggling to stretch my paycheck as far as it will go. But it doesn't go very far. I'm tired of having to call bill collectors and asking for help. My mom deserves quality care and I work hard to provide that for her. But my paycheck doesn't reflect that. I deserve the opportunity to work hard and live with dignity. But I won't be able to do that unless legislators vote to raise the minimum wage to $15.
I don't make enough for me to be able to pay the rent. It is very expensive. It has been very difficult to get ahead because the salary I earn is very little. My salary supports me and my children. It would be a great relief to be able to earn more money because it is very difficult to get to the hospital without having enough money to pay the doctor and buy the medicine and in the last two years I have had two operations