Federal Campaigns

Pay Workers a Living Wage Act (S.1832)

  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00 by 2020.
  • Starting in 2021, adjust the minimum wage on an annual basis to keep pace with increases in median wages.
  • Gradually phase out the tipped subminimum wage – which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 since 1991 – so that eventually tipped workers are paid the full minimum wage by their employers, with tips received being an addition to, not a substitute for, a fair paycheck.
  • Raise the youth subminimum wage that employers may pay teenagers during their first 90 days on the job – which has been frozen at just $4.25 for many years – by setting it at $3.00 less than the full minimum wage.

Raise The Wage Act (S.1150)

  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $12.00 by 2020.
  • Starting in 2021, adjust the minimum wage on an annual basis to keep pace with increases in median wages.
  • Gradually phase out the tipped subminimum wage – which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 since 1991 – so that eventually tipped workers are paid the full minimum wage by their employers, with tips received being an addition to, not a substitute for, a fair paycheck.

TIME Act (H.R.188 and S.2001)

Ends the practice of paying sub-minimum wages to workers with disabilities, by:

  • Phasing out the use of special certificates allowing employers to pay disabled workers a subminimum wage – sometimes just a few cents per hour.
    • Private for-profit entities would have one year to transition;
    • Public or governmental entities would have two years to transition;
    • Nonprofit entities would have three years to transition.
  • Repealing Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows for a subminimum wage for disabled workers.