February 17, 2017
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North Carolina working people and families need a raise. Too many working people in North Carolina don’t get paid enough to afford the basics. At a time when productivity and profits are at an all time high, wages are at an all time low.
- Nearly 1 in 3 workers in NC earn a wage below the federal poverty line – the second worst in the nation.
- Nearly half of all workers in our state – 47.5% – make less than $15 per hour.
- The soaring cost of living means it would take $21.95 an hour to get by on a frugal budget without public assistance for a family of 3 in NC.
- More than half of the jobs created since the late 2000’s pay poverty wages
That’s why our state federation has joined a broad coalition of organizations including the NC Justice Center, United for a Fair Economy, NC Raise Up, and others to launch Raising Wages NC – a campaign for state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in five years.