Obama Calls for Living Wage Jobs -- Activists Respond with Tax Day Event April 15th, 2010

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President Obama states that his most important job is helping the American worker find a job with a living wage. On March 2, 2010 President Obama delivered a speech in Savannah, GA. where he was quoted as saying: "When it comes to domestic policy, I have no more important job as president than seeing to it that every American who wants to work, and is able to work, can find a job, and a job that pays a living wage. That was my focus last year, and that is my focus this year.” (Article from where this is sourced: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/03/us/politics/03obama.html)

Wage Warriors for a Universal Living Wage

The federal minimum wage is 'the most significant contributing factor of homelessness.' ...Fair wage for a fair day's work.

The Universal Living Wage Campaign -- http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org -- in conjunction with the National Coalition for the Homeless and more than 1,700 national, state, and local organizations, businesses, religious groups and unions across America, is hosting its 9th Annual Tax Day event at community Post Offices all across America. We ask our supporters to go to UniversalLivingWage.org, locate the Post Office Action nearest to you and join in support of President Obama.

"We have devised a single national formula that ensures that a person working 40 hours in a week will be able to afford basic food, clothing and shelter wherever that work is done throughout the United States. If all businesses paid a Universal Living Wage, we could reduce the tax burden on every single American," says Richard R. Troxell, National Chairman of the Universal Living Wage Campaign.

When: Thursday, April 15th- Tax Day!

Where: Post Offices in every state in America. Reference http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org for Post office event locations and contact information.

Why: 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 again this year).

"We have found that American business has grown to rely on government subsidies to pick up that portion of the basic wage that they have failed to provide. Workers have been forced, in ever increasing numbers, to depend on food stamps, general assistance, and TANF. Congress intended these to be emergency, stopgap measures. Instead, many businesses use these government supports to meet basic payroll. A national shift is occurring away from the business responsibility of paying a "fair wage for a fair day's work” to creating an ever-increasing burden on us……..the taxpayer," says Troxell.

The 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 entire U.S. See UniversalLivingWage.org.

After nine years, of local and national grassroots organizing at the nation’s Post Offices across the country, we have asked our supporting organizations to once again fly the banner "Reduce Your Taxes and begin paying “Fair Living Wages”. We are now committed in all 50 states with separate actions across America commencing on April 15th, 2010.

Troxell states, "If we, the everyday citizens of America, declare that as a country, we must 'Reduce our Taxes' and begin paying a fair living wage. We can do this with a Universal Living Wage. Conservatively, enactment will end homelessness for over one million minimum wage workers.” It will also prevent economic homelessness for all 10.1 million minimum wage workers."

Watch for Mr. Troxell’s book LOOKING UP AT THE BOTTOM LINE due for release in July of 2010.

National Contact:
Richard Troxell
ULW National Chairman Founder & Principal Media Contact
(512) 796-4366

Neil Donovan
Executive Director National Coalition for the Homeless
(202) 462-4822
Call toll-free 1-888-484-8591

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