How much does it take to make ends meet? Nationally, a single adult needs $16.87 an hour, and in New York they need $19.90 – just to meet basic needs and an occasional minor emergency. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 and New York’s minimum wage of $8.75 fall far short.
A minimum wage worker in New York would have to work 91 hours a week just to get by, and 93 hours a week nationally.
Join the Alliance for a Just Society for a briefing on our latest report, “Pay Up! Long Hours and Low Pay Leave Workers at a Loss,” and a discussion on why it is critical that we abolish the tipped minimum wage and raise the wage floor to at least $15. Media, organizers, and activists will find out more about what it really takes to move beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck.
The livestream of our event will begin today at 11am (Eastern), on this page.