The Common Good

Faith Leaders Support Hike In Minimum Wage

Date: May 12, 2014

Paying a full-time worker $290 a week in today’s economy is immoral, faith leaders said in a recent letter urging Congress to raise the minimum wage.

“The call to raise the minimum wage is about more than income inequality. It’s a moral issue,” James Perkins, vice president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, said in a press conference ahead of a scheduled Senate vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016…

Other lead signers included David Beckman of Bread for the World, Richard Killmer of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Sayyid Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America, David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Jim Wallis of Sojourners.