On Thursday, dozens of workers, community members, and faith leaders delivered hundreds of signed petition postcards calling for a federal minimum wage increase to US Representative Michael Turner’s office. The Dayton residents organized the delegation to let their Congressman know that an increase in the minimum wage would go a long way towards helping working families in his district make ends meet.
A generation ago, Ohio workers earned $1.50 per hour more than the US average. Today, many Ohioans work 2 jobs and still qualify for public assistance. Wages for Ohio workers now lag 75 cents behind the national average. In fact, the median wage in Ohio is lower today than it was in 1979. Increasingly, our state’s economy depends on retail and service work; yet most of these jobs don’t pay anything close to a living wage.