Minimum Wage Increase Is Focus of Universal Living Wage's 2nd Annual "Bridge The Economic Gap Day"

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"Bridge The Economic Gap Day" will focus on increasing the federal minimum wage. The Universal Living Wage Campaign will hold the second annual event during rush hours (7:30-9:30 am and 4:30-6:30 pm) Tuesday, Sept. 5, on bridges across America. Participants are urged to show support for increasing the minimum wage.

A number of groups want to not just increase the federal minimum wage, but to fix it once and for all. House the Homeless and the Universal Living Wage Campaign (http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org), in conjunction with the NAACP, the National Coalition for the Homeless and more than 1,500 national, state, and local organizations, businesses, religious groups and unions across America, announce “Bridge the Economic Gap Day.”

The event takes place Tuesday, September 5th, the day after Labor Day, on bridges in every state in America (see http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org for City/State Bridge Locations) during morning and afternoon rush hours 7:30-9:30 am and 4:30-6:30 pm.

According to the last several US Conference of Mayors’ reports, the federal minimum wage fails to afford anyone rental housing in any major city in America. The 2000 Conference of Mayors Report described the federal minimum wage as “the most significant contributing factor of homelessness” (3.5 million people will experience homelessness this year).

Universal Living Wage is an initiative to fix the federal minimum wage with a single national formula based on existing government guidelines. It indexes the wage to the local cost of housing and ensures that anyone working 40 hours a week through a full time or multiple part time jobs can afford basic rental housing wherever that work is done throughout the U.S.

After four years of local and national grassroots organizing, we have asked our supporting organizations to get on the bridges of America. We are now in all 50 states with separate actions across America.

National Chairman, Richard R. Troxell, has stated that, “We, the everyday citizens of America, declare that as a country we must ‘Bridge the Economic Gap’ that separates the working poor from everyone else and that we can do this with a Universal Living Wage. Conservatively, enactment will end homelessness for over one million minimum wage workers.”

Contact:

Richard Troxell

ULW National Chairman Founder & Principal Media Contact

512-796-4366    

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