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Clinton is Fighting to Raise the Minimum Wage

Hillary believes we are long overdue for an increase in the minimum wage, and she has made raising the incomes and creating better-paying jobs the centerpiece of her economic plan.

As Senator, she cosponsored or introduced bills to raise the minimum wage in every session of Congress from 2001 to 2008. In this campaign, she has stood with the “Fight for 15,” and workers organizing for a $15 minimum wage, unions, and leaders at the state and national level working for a higher Federal minimum. She joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in support of New York’s new law to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15, which will be phased in around the state.

Hillary Clinton supports a $12 federal minimum wage  -- but believes that the federal minimum is just that, and encourages states, cities, and workers through bargaining to go even higher, including a $15 minimum wage in places where it makes sense. She has also spoken out for the need to stop companies from taking advantage of workers with disabilities, because taking on the subminimum wage is more than an economic issue—it’s a human rights issue.

  • Alan Krueger: “Research suggests that a minimum wage set as high as $12 an hour will do more good than harm for low-wage workers.”

  • Economic Policy Institute: “Raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would lift wages for 35 million American workers.”

  • SEIU endorsing Hillary Clinton for President: “Hillary Clinton will fight to raise wages and has stood up for the rights of workers to join together in a union. She has spoken out in support of the Fight for $15 movement: on the movement’s April 15 national day of action, during the New York wage board fight that resulted in $15 for all fast food workers in the state, for the $15 victories in Los Angeles city and county and again just last week, on Nov. 10, during the biggest day of action yet.”