Why wages? Why Now?
Nearly 1 in 3 workers in NC earn a wage below the federal poverty line - the second worst in the nation.
Nearly half of all workers in our state - 47.5% - make less than $15 per hour.
The soaring cost of living means it would take $21.95 per hour to get by on a frugal budget without public assistance for a family of three in North Carolina.
More than half of the jobs created since the late 2000s pay poverty wages.
Low wages hurt everyone and hurt our economy.
Everyone needs a good paycheck and opportunities to prosper. We need more jobs that pay enough to afford the basics—put food on the table, gas in the car, a roof over our heads, childcare for our kids, and enough to save for retirement.
Bigger paychecks also mean higher sales and bigger profits for local businesses—creating a virtuous cycle that helps businesses hire more people, boost the economy, and provide the tax revenue to invest in our schools, roads, a great quality of life for our community.
That’s why a majority of people want to raise the minimum wage.
Together, we are a broad, diverse group of working people and unions, community organizations, faith leaders, businesses, and policy advocates joined in common cause - we believe that all workers in NC deserve a living wage.
We are joining together across the state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 5 years. There is a national movement rising across the country to raise wages to $15 an hour, and from coast to coast, it has scored big wins in places like Maine, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, California, and Seattle. Now is the time for North Carolina to take bold action to build upon this momentum and raise the minimum wage in our state.