In the Headlines20 April 2012
Grantees Push for a Living Wage for All
As U.S. lawmakers face growing pressure to raise the minimum wage, Jen Kern of the National Employment Law Project, a Ford grantee, tells The New York Times that paying workers a higher minimum wage would benefit the economy as a whole. The Times cites research from another grantee, the Economic Policy Institute, suggesting that raising the federal minimum wage to $9.80 would lift pay for more than 28 million Americans, increase the gross domestic product by more than $25 billion and create the equivalent of more than 100,000 full-time jobs. These and other grantees of our Ensuring Good Jobs and Access to Services initiative have been leaders in advocating for a living wage for all workers.