Minimum Wage Press Conference July 24th





[Concord, NH] Working Families Win, American Friends Service Committee, NH AFL-CIO, New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, Children’s Alliance of NH, and Americans United for Change will hold a press conference on Tuesday, July 24th at 9:30 a.m. at the Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, 19 North Fruit Street, Concord, to celebrate the increase in the federal minimum wage which was recently approved by the U.S. Congress.

The federal minimum wage is going up on July 24 for the first time in ten years -- the longest period without a raise since the minimum wage was enacted in 1938. By 2009, this increase will provide an increase of over $4,000 in wages for full-time workers here in NH and across the country. “For ten years, the federal government left working families to fend for themselves while the cost of living has risen sharply,” says Carol Shea Porter who, with Paul Hodes, was a sponsor of the federal legislation. “The minimum wage increase won’t solve all of our problems, but it is an important step forward that will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of New Hampshire families.”

New Hampshire business leaders acknowledge that the wage increase is a good thing for New Hampshire, since the health of business in the state depends upon the health and well-being of its workforce. “We are advocates for fair wages,” says Richard French, CEO of Bagel Works and Works Bakery Café based in Keene, New Hampshire,“because decent wages attract good workers who purchase from local merchants. It is a sound investment in the future of our businesses and our communities.”

The minimum wage will rise to $5.85 on Tuesday, and in 2008 will increase to $6.55, before reaching $7.25 on July 24, 2009.

Presenters will explain the expected impact of the federal wage increase on New Hampshire workers, and low-wage workers themselves will share their own perspectives and experiences. The celebration of the wage increase will thank and honor both the state and federal representatives for their leadership in this important step forward.

Sponsors and supporters of the state minimum wage increase will also be present. Invited legislators include: Speaker of the House Terie Norelli, Representatives Marjorie Smith, Ed Butler, Randolph Holden, and former Representative Sandra Keans, as well as Senators Martha Fuller Clark, Peter Burling, Maggie Hassan, and David Gottesman.

WHAT: Celebration of the First Increase in Federal Minimum Wage in 10 years

WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 9:30a.m.

WHERE: Merrimack ValleyDay Care Service, 19 North Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301

WHO: Representatives for Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter and Congressman Paul Hodes, State Representatives and Senators, including Speaker of the House Terie Norelli, Representatives Randolph Holden , Steve Johnson, and Michael Brunelle, Senator Peter Burling, and New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, Working Families Win, American Friends Service Committee, Children’s Alliance of NH, NH AFL-CIO, and Americans United for Change