Press release from the NC Justice Center:
“A Decade Without Raises” Commemorations in Asheville, Durham, and Wilmington
A decade has passed since the minimum wage was last raised in North Carolina, while cost of living has dramatically increased.
What: “A Decade Without Raises” Commemorations in Asheville, Durham, and Wilmington
Who: Raising Wages NC Coalition
Where: Durham, Asheville, and Wilmington
When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Raising Wages NC — a growing coalition of workers groups, advocates, business, and faith leaders — is hosting events around the state to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase today, July 24. The minimum wage was first established in 1938 as a livable wage, but decades of inaction has eroded its value, and today it is a struggle to survive on.
North Carolina’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for a decade and does not cover everyone. The events will call attention to the moral and economic imperative of making sure that everyone who works full time can afford the basics — including people with disabilities, people who care for our homes and families, people who serve our food, and the people who grow it.
DURHAM: The Decade Without a Raise Workers’ Forum will be hosted by NC Raise Up/Fight for $15 and a Union at Self Help Credit Union, 302 W. Main Street, from 6p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ASHEVILLE: The Unhappy 10th Birthday to the Federal Minimum Wage community gathering will be hosted by Just Economics of WNC at Pack Square, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WILMINGTON: The Unhappy 10th Birthday event will be hosted by Alliance for Economic Justice, SENC Central Labor Council, Raising Wages NC, and WoW, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Oleander and College Street.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Richard Lindayen, firstname.lastname@example.org; Julia Hawes, email@example.com