Every day in these hard times, grocery workers and delivery drivers, healthcare aides and cleaning staff, childcare workers and fast food cooks, go to work for $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage. It’s been $7.25 since July 24, 2009. That’s 11 years without an increase – the longest period in history without a raise.

Some people say we can’t raise the minimum wage now because times are hard. Well, if we hadn’t raised the minimum wage in hard times, we wouldn’t have a minimum wage to begin with.

Holly Sklar is the CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives who believe a fair minimum wage makes good business sense. www.businessforafairminimumwage.org. This column was first published by American Forum. 

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fire111

Hmmm.....Holly! You are correct $7.25 is not a lot of money. You fail to inform that rate is paid to just 2% of the many millions of workers. And why! Mainly because the workers have no developed working skills! These types of jobs are mostly first time workers. 70% 0f that 2% are 16-34 years old. Of that 70%, almost half is 16-24 years of age. So hopefully you are tipping at least 20%+. A CEO as your self can certainly afford that rate!

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