This summer Unitarian Universalists across the country reinvigorated a movement for economic justice — because we, as people of faith, believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and raising the minimum wage is vital in ensuring that dignity.
Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and Rev. Bill Schulz, president of UUSC, issued a statement declaring that raising the minimum wage is more than a political issue, it is a moral imperative. More than 3,500 people have now added their names to that statement.
Today, I am writing to ask you to join us. Sign the statement in support of raising the minimum wage.
This year, UUSC supporters have been at the forefront of the campaign to raise the minimum wage, particularly for tipped workers. Our first major victory was in promoting the book Behind the Kitchen Door, which focuses on restaurant workers’ rights. Unitarian Universalists throughout the country helped make it a best seller. Because of the success of Behind the Kitchen Door, there’s increased national media attention on the issue. And the UUA has chosen Behind the Kitchen Door as the Common Read, meaning that congregations throughout the country will be reading it.
The legislative campaign to increase the federal minimum wage will also heat up as we get closer to the 2014 midterm elections. So we will be organizing in communities and congregations, and looking for ways to use this statement to create political pressure. For example, the statement and its list of signers will be available to UUSC supporters who are participating in legislative advocacy — people can leave it with their legislators as a reminder of the robust support for raising the minimum wage.
Join Unitarian Universalists far and wide in taking a stand for the minimum wage! Your first step: sign the statement.
Associate for Grassroots Mobilization
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee