Across Ohio, citizens rallied to demand an increase in the national minimum wage. Demonstrations on Tuesday the 24th , in Parma, Cincinnati and Toledo saw hundreds out in the streets calling to increase the minimum wage.
The three year anniversary of the last national wage increase had citizens asking why such an important issue, with bipartisan support was still yet to be acted on.
In a coordinated effort, activists joined movements around the country in the 99% National Day of Action, in support of raising the minimum wage and protecting everyday Americans.
Ohio workers called on Washington politicians to boost the economy by voting for a national minimum wage that would put more money in hands of the 99%. The Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012 proposed by Rep. Jessie Jackson (D-IL), and supported by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) would move the national minimum wage to $10 an hour, closer to where it should be.
Through the cheers and chants, Ohioans shared concerns about providing for their families and improving the nation economy, without an increase to the national minimum wage. Low wage workers shared stories of struggling to survive on a national salary that would leave a family four nearly $9,000 under the poverty line.
Small business owners and local politicians voiced their approval of a bill that help put money in pockets of their customers and stimulate their communities.
The $7.25 national minimum wage would be $10.55 an hour had it kept up with inflation over the last 40 years. Over that same period CEO’s have seen their pay increase by 725%.
Protestors asked, ‘Why should it take minimum wage workers hours to afford a trip to the grocery store that takes CEO’s just seconds?’ Several protesters even held signs showing the estimated amount of time it would take for low wage and high wage workers to afford a gallon of milk.
Higher paid workers would help boost Ohio’s economy by allowing them afford more goods and services. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that a current federal proposal to increase the minimum wage would generate more than $25 billion in consumer spending and create over 100,000 new jobs as businesses ramped up their workforces to respond to increased demand.
Ordinary individuals across Ohio have felt the brunt policies that favor 1% of population and left the nation struggling. Protesters left the rally positive, but determined to continue the fight until the 99% got its fair shake and national minimum wage got the increase it desperately needed.