“Raise the minimum wage so I can raise my daughter.”
As a bartender living in Texas, Tiffany Kirk makes the tipped minimum wage of $2.13/hour, and is dependent on tips for her income.
It’s been difficult raising her 3 year old daughter Piper on this salary. To make ends meet, Tiffany has enrolled in SNAP & WIC, she’s gone to the local food shelter to get basic necessities, and at times she has gone without phone, or even electricity, because she had to make food & rent a priority.
Tiffany works between 8-14 hours a day and still can’t make ends meet. This should be unacceptable to every American.
It’s time for us to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, so Americans working full time can climb into the middle class and achieve the American Dream again.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would:
- Raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour by 2015, in three steps of 95 cents each.
- Adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in 2016 – a key policy reform known as “indexing,” which ten states are already using to prevent the minimum wage from falling in value each year.
- Raise the minimum wage for tipped workers – which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 per hour for more than twenty years – to 70% of the minimum wage.
Tiffany is now making her voice heard speaking out in support of an increase in the minimum wage, working with advocacy org ROC United to fight on behalf of millions of other Americans working for tips at $2.13/hour.
Please join Tiffany in this fight by making your voice heard today.