Our commitment to supporting the immediate needs of partner communities during the Jesuit Day of Service creates an opportunity to also consider systemic issues that plague these communities.

Participants in the Jesuit Day of Service will be invited to advocate for the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would benefit local Northeast Ohio workers as well as those across the U.S. This legislation is currently a policy priority of the U.S. Jesuit Conference and efforts to increase the minimum wage are supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

How do I participate?
Advocacy postcards will be distributed to each of the service sites to be signed and sent to your Congresspersons. You can also advocate online by visiting the U.S. Jesuit Conference’s action alert page to email your Congresspersons.

About the Fair Minimum Wage Act
Did you know that in all 50 states a minimum wage worker will not earn enough to rent a two-bedroom apartment? How about the fact that if the federal minimum wage had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years it would be $10.74, not $7.25? And, did you know that if the Federal Minimum Wage were raised, more than 30 million workers would benefit, 88% of them being adults?

Join Ignatian Solidarity Network and the U.S. Jesuit Conference in advocating for the dignity of minimum wage workers by calling for the passage of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour by 2015 and begin adjusting minimum wage to inflation starting in 2016.  Click here to send an email to your legislators today asking them to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act!

Please be a voice for the dignity of workers!