Oregon launches campaign for $15 minimum wage

Across the state, 15 Now Oregon is working to raise the minimum wage statewide.  This week volunteers began canvassing in more than 20 cities across Oregon to collect signatures to put a proposed wage increase on the ballot.

The volunteers were collecting signatures for Petition 41, which would raise the minimum wage in Oregon to $15 per hour over three years.  The proposed measure would raise Oregon’s minimum wage from $9.25 to $15.00 by 2019. Their goal is 120,000 signatures to ensure the measure on the November 2016 ballot.

According to studies from Alliance for a Just Society, University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others, low-wage workers in Oregon need to earn at least $15 per hour to attain self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.

A statewide $15 minimum wage would mean raises for more than 700,000 working Oregonians and would inject billions of dollars into Oregon’s economy, according to the studies.

The 15 Now Campaign has more than 40 endorsements from organisations across the state including in southern Oregon; Occupy Medford, Oregon Action, Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice and more. For more information about their campaign, visit 15noworegon.org

About Jason Houk

Jason Houk is an organizer with Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice and is news director of KSKQ 89.5 FM. He is the publisher of the Rogue Valley Community Press.

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