Low wage workers, faith and elected leaders to hold town hall meeting, call for higher minimum wage, corporate accountability

***Advisory for Thursday, March 6, 2014***

Contact: Laurie Couch, (847) 420-5108, laurie.couch@ufcw75.org

CINCINNATI, OH—On Thursday, March 6, low wage workers from the retail, fast food, and service industries will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the causes and effects of income inequality in our city. Workers will share their personal stories and call on the faith and elected leaders in attendance to partner with them to find solutions.

A scarcity of living-wage jobs has left 34% of Cincinnati residents and 53% of Cincinnati children below the poverty level.  Too many employers—including some of the country’s most profitable corporations—pay poverty wages that force working families onto public safety net programs. Walmart is a perfect example. A Congressional report released last year calculated that just one Walmart store costs taxpayers approximately $900,000 per year in public assistance—including food stamps and health care—for underpaid employees. That hurts our economy and our communities.

Cincinnati workers are joining the growing chorus of support for a higher federal minimum wage; but they’re also calling for corporations like Walmart to lead the way to a more sustainable economy.


What:              Town Hall Meeting: Addressing Income Inequality in Cincinnati

Where:           Tryed Stone New Beginnings Church, 5550 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH

When:             Thursday, March 6, 6:00 pm—7:30pm

Who:               Walmart workers; Cincinnati janitors; restaurant workers; faith leaders, including Reverend Nelson Pierce;  elected leaders including State Representative Alicia Reece, State Representative Denise Driehaus, and City Councilmember Chris Seelbach; and experts on economic and community issues, including Catherine Ruetschlin, Policy Analyst for Demos, and Greg Landsman, Strive Partnership Executive Director