Take Action – Hard Work should Pay in Nebraska

NE_Appleseed_Icons_TakeAction-128Working hard and taking care of our families are core Nebraska values.

While Nebraskans place a significant value on hard work, the economy has changed in a way that has left too many Nebraska families behind. Our state consistently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and one of the highest rates of parents in the labor force. But despite all that, our hard-working families are struggling.

LB 943 is a bill that would raise the minimum wage in Nebraska:

  • For standard-wage workers to $9 per hour
  • For workers who make tips to 70 percent of the standard minimum wage
  • The bill would raise both wages gradually over the next three years.

This bill could be debated by the Legislature tonight. So please call or email your state senator’s office and ask them to support LB 943 to make sure hard work pays for Nebraska employees.

By raising the minimum wage in Nebraska, we can restore the dignity in a hard day’s work, rebuild the middle class, and help families earn enough to meet their basic needs.

At the current minimum wage, a full-time worker earns just $15,000 a year. The minimum wage for employees who earn tips has been stuck at $2.13 per hour since 1991. These wages are well below what it takes for families to make ends meet.

No Nebraskan who works full-time should have to live in poverty so please call or write your senator NOW and urge them to support LB 943 to make sure hard work pays in Nebraska!

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