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National Minimum Wage Campaign Gaining Momentum - Seattle National Minimum Wage Conference

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"...the president continued the push at the University of Michigan, the latest in an almost weekly focus on the subject in speeches, blog posts, radio addresses and events. In March, Mr. Obama delivered remarks on the topic at universities in Florida and Connecticut. In February, he issued an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. In January, he demanded a raise for America's workers at a Costco in Maryland."

While visiting Michigan earlier this month Obama said, "Nobody who works full time should be raising a family in poverty." He added, "If we're going to do right by our fellow Americans, we need Congress to get on board."

Forbes magazine offered a counter to Reich's article, written by Tim Worstall. Worstall maintains,
"He's treated us to a list of reasons as to why the minimum wage should be raised to the near incredible number of $15 an hour and there's not really a great deal of economic justification for them."
But despite complaints from conservative economists and Republicans in Congress, the issue of raising the national minimum wage will not go away.

The city of Seatac, Washington voted to pass Proposition 1 which would have set a $15 hour minimum wage in that community located south of Seattle. Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas ruled that workers at Seatac International Airport would not be covered by the new law, stating that the airport is actually owned and operated by the Port of Seattle. Airport workers are now fighting a legal battle to overturn the judge's ruling.

This is a political and economic issue which has gained momentum in many areas of the country. Whether or not folks agree on the amount the minimum wage should be raised, there is a growing consensus in the country that working families should not be left out in the cold after a hard day's work.

Meanwhile, activists in Seattle marched on City Hall on April 23rd, demanding that the city and Martin Luther King County provide at least temporary shelter for 3,123 people currently living on the streets.

During their 24 hour camp out and rally at Westlake Park, organizers from the local homeless advocacy group SHARE emphasized that a growing percentage of the homeless have jobs, but their wages have not kept up with inflation and they can't afford the inceasing cost of rent or the high cost of living in Seattle.

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