Religious Communities Unite to Encourage Congress to Boost Minimum Wage

Reference: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

“The Jewish and Presbyterian communities have long advocated for the rights of fair pay and the sanctity of families. We have sought an end to child labor, sweatshops, the six-day work week, and occupational safety violations.   Today, we continue our commitment to these values, by calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour and give America’s workers the pay increase they so rightfully deserve.”

Washington, DC, January 8, 2007- Leaders of the Reform Jewish movement, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation joined with leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in sending a letter to members of Congress calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour. They come together to issue the following statement:

“As members of the religious community, morally guided by our religious texts, our shared prophetic traditions value compassion, economic justice, and cultivating strong families and communities. We take to heart the words from Deuteronomy and that command us to open our hands to the poor and moreover, to help others establish self-sufficiency.

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January 8, 2007