Why Tacoma Needs A $15/Hour Minimum Wage

Did you know that the poverty rate in 2013 in Tacoma was 17.7%? That’s according to UW Today, a University of Washington website.

worst-fearThe PediaCities webpage also cites this same 17.7% figure. And as ironic as it may seem, PediaCities also tells us that Tacoma has an unemployment is 6.3%. Doesn’t that tell you that there must be a hell of a lot Tacomans living at or below the poverty line who actually have jobs?

Moreover, the poverty line figures are ridiculously out of date and unrealistic. Did you know that the US government poverty rate comes to $11,670 a year for a single person and $19,790 a year for a family of three? Oxfam America reports that at least 25% of American workers have low-wage jobs and 40% of American families live at or below 200% of the ridiculous official poverty line.
No doubt, Tacoma is in the low-average end of this range.

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How Can You Help Raise Tacoma’s Minimum Wage?

The 15/Now Tacoma coalition needs your help in getting an initiative on the ballot to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour in our city. If you think that a person who works hard all week should earn a living wage, please help our coalition qualify and pass this initiative in any way you can.

Here’s a list of things you can do to help:

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