Spiritual and Social Justice Leaders Aim to 'Raise the Wage'
October 04, 2016
Most religious communities aim to lift the spirit. The nearly 50 congregations that make up Vermont Interfaith Action are adding another intention: “Raise the Wage.”
The group hopes to combat income inequity through a new campaign to persuade state lawmakers to boost workers’ pay from the current minimum of $9.60 an hour to $15 by 2020.
“The Vermont way is not seeing your neighbors go hungry or without heat,” Fairfield resident Dustin Tanner, who grew up in a working family without enough money, said Wednesday at a kickoff event in Montpelier. “The day-to-day struggle is real in this state. Raising the wage is one of the easiest and most effective ways to fight poverty.”