- April 27, 2020
United States Senate
I ama concerned citizen writing to you about the minimum wage bill thatthe senate is about to vote. With an understanding that you areagainst the bill, I would like to convince you to vote for it, basedon a number of facts that I have collected from research.Principally, I would like to base my argument on the assertion by theEconomic Policy Institute (Cooper 1), which has used facts to arriveat the conclusion that raising the minimum wage will improve thelives of millions of Americans.
Iwould like to argue against your standpoint that states and localgovernments should decide on the minimum wage. Because of such astandpoint, America has faced years of infrequent and inadequateadjustments (Hirsch, Kaufman and Zelenska 199). This has caused thecountry to lack an adequate wage floor, as the average workers areleft to suffer. Not maintaining a common minimum wage bill erodes thebuying power for basic necessities, such as food (Basker and Khan129). Low buying power means that the low-wage workers have to worklonger hours to achieve desired living standards.
I request you to vote to raise the minimum wage as it will undo theerosion in the value of the minimum wage which took place in the 70sand 80s (Western and Rosenfield 515). This will help to endinequality between the low and middle-wage workers, which has risenin recent years. Making an observation from the internationalperspective, improved wage will restore the dignity of low-wageworkers (Lippel 519). These people are often categorized in theminority groups, such as women and workers of color. Based on myargument, senator Rubio, I am confident that you will see the sensein voting for the bill to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2019.
Hirsch, Barry T., Bruce E. Kaufman,and Tetyana Zelenska. “Minimum Wage Channels ofAdjustment.” IndustrialRelations: A Journal of Economy and Society 54.2(2015): 199-239.
Cooper, David. Raisingthe Minimum Wage to $12 by 2020 Would Lift Wages for 35 MillionAmerican Workers. 14July, 2015. Web.http://www.epi.org/publication/raising-the-minimum-wage-to-12-by-2020-would-lift-wages-for-35-million-american-workers/.Accessed 16 November, 2016.
Basker, Emek, and Muhammad TaimurKhan. “Does the Minimum Wage Bite into Fast-Food Prices?” Journalof Labor Research 37.2(2016): 129-148.
Western, Bruce, and Jake Rosenfeld.“Unions, Norms, and the rise in US Wage Inequality.” AmericanSociological Review 76.4(2011): 513-537.
Lippel, Katherine. “PreservingWorkers` Dignity in Workers` Compensation Systems: An InternationalPerspective.” Americanjournal of industrial medicine 55.6(2012): 519-536.