If the 1968 minimum wage grew with inflation, it would be $10.50 today. If it grew with worker productivity, it would be $22 today. If it grew with the incomes of the 1%, it would be $33 today.
But where does it stand? A miserly $7.25, a third less than 45 years ago.
This is unacceptable and Bergen County Green Party thinks it's time for a raise. That's why the Bergen Greens are taking part in the 'Time for a Raise' campaign; to pressure Congressman Scott Garrett to pass H.R. 1346 (the 'Catching Up to 1968' act), which would raise the minimum wage back to $10.50 and index it to inflation.
To learn more about Ralph Nader's 'Time for a Raise' campaign, visit: www.timeforaraise.org. Or, read his recent article in the Wall Street Journal: "America's Miserly Minimum Wage Needs an Upgrade". Also, here is an informative video from the 'Time for a Raise' campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM40Us16s8c
If you are interested in helping the Bergen Greens in this campaign effort (sign our petition, help collect signatures, etc...), please send an e-mail to: efanning1028 (at) gmail (dot) com.
UPDATE: 300+ signatures of residents in New Jersey's 5th Congressional District were brought to the office of Congressman Scott Garrett on Saturday, August 10, 2013. View the video here:
The Bergen County Green Party calls for immediate Federal Legislation to retroactively ban military style, semi automatic assault weapons.
Military style assault weapons are designed to kill as many people, as quickly as possible. They have no place in civilized society.
A retroactive ban not only prohibits new sales, but requires existing holders to turn in assault weapons. Holders will be paid market value + 10% for their assault weapons.
As seen on Democracy Now (click here), a retroactive ban on assault weapons was instituted in Australia after a 1996 mass shooting that killed 35 people in a place eerily named New Town. Both killers in Newton, CT and New Town, Australia used an AR-15, a semi automatic weapon.
Since the retroactive ban, Australia has not experienced a mass shooting. Citizens were required to turn in their assault weapons and 650,000 weapons were taken off the streets. The law did not simply stop the sale of new weapons.
New legislation being proposed by U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein stops far short of addressing the problem, as millions of these weapons would remain legal for those who currently possess them. Feinstein has stated her legislation will not be retroactive.
Please call the offices of New Jersey Senators Menendez (202-224-4744) and Lautenberg (888-398-1642) and Congresspersons Garrett (201-444-5454) or Pascrell (202-225-5751) and demand a retroactive ban on military style, people killing semi automatic guns. Or, visit their websites to send them an email. In addition, contact California Senator Feinstein’s office at (202) 224-3841.
For further information, see the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
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