DeLauro, Local Low-Wage Workers Call for Increased Minimum Wage

Approximately 90,000 Connecticut Workers Earn the Minimum Wage

 

NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) today joined with low-wage workers and Bill Villano, Executive Director of CT Workforce Alliance, to call for increasing the federal minimum wage. Approximately 90,000 Connecticut workers earn the minimum wage, currently $8.70 an hour in Connecticut. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour and has not been increased in four years.

 

“The national minimum wage in America is long overdue for a raise. Its failure to keep pace with inflation continues to hurt our economy and hard-working families who have seen their incomes stagnate even as prices—on everything from gas, food, college, to health care—have increased.

 

“I am proud of Connecticut for moving in the right direction and increasing the minimum wage. It is a good step, but we still have more to do. It is long past time to get this done and ensure everyone can make a decent paycheck for a hard day’s work.”

 

Women make up nearly two out of three workers making the minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage is also a major component of “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” which DeLauro and other Democratic members of the House of Representatives launched last July.

 

The federal minimum wage used to be equal to about half of average wages, but today is barely a third. Its purchasing power has been dropping steadily since 1968 and, adjusted for inflation, is now lower than it was in 1956. If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation over the last 40 years it would be $10.55 an hour.

 

At the current national rate, a year of full-time work comes out to $14,500 a year. For a single mother with two kids, that is over $3,600 below the poverty line.