A letter from Bill Schulz, UUSC
When I first saw the news I couldn't believe it:
Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, Americans' average income has increased by a healthy 6 percent.
How could this possibly be? With millions looking for work, and most folks lucky enough to still have jobs struggling to take care of their families?
Because 95 percent of those income gains have gone to the top 1 percent.
It's been a great four years -- a fantastic four years -- for the wealthiest Americans. For the rest of us, not so much.
Anyone working a minimum wage job for the last four years has seen his or her real earnings drop by 8 percent -- and if she's a single mother of two, for example, she's now living below the poverty line.
A job should keep you out of poverty, not trap you in poverty. That's why UUSC is pushing so hard to replace the minimum wage with a living wage.
And that's why I'm asking for your support with a special contribution to support these efforts and all of our work to advance human rights.
For those earning the least -- the people who bring us our food in restaurants, who care for our sick and elderly relatives, who clean our office buildings -- it's been a day-to-day struggle to survive on a federal minimum wage that, adjusted for inflation, is one-third lower than it was in 1968.
Narrowing the enormous wealth gap in this country is an economic and political challenge -- but it is, above all, a moral imperative.
Please join our campaign. Donate at http://www.uusc.org/donate. Thank you for putting your values into action today.
President and CEO
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee