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Than You For Votes For Oklahoma Minimum Wage

March 6, 2015

Minimum Wage Increase: Thank You to Representative Dunnington

Special appreciation goes out to Representative Jason Dunnington and to Rep. Kevin Matthews and Rep. Brian Renegar, for their efforts to stand together with Oklahoma’s working families to raise the minimum wage above the below poverty level Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour. Oklahoma would have joined the 29 other states requiring a wage to be paid above the Federal minimum.

Oklahoma has a state minimum wage today of $2.00 per hour (employers of ten or more full time employees at any one location and employers with annual gross sales over $100,000 irrespective of number of full time employees are subject to federal minimum wage; all others are subject to state minimum wage of $2.00 (OK ST T. 40 § 197.5)).

Raising the state minimum wage would send a message to all Oklahoma working families that we value, respect, and expect hard work in this state and stand ready to reward that labor with a decent wage. A vote against would appear to indicate disagreement with those values; that the work our citizen’s provide cannot even be valued highly enough to bring that worker out of poverty. Today, a full time, 40 hour a week employee in Oklahoma is required by law to be paid a minimum of less than $300 per week. Surely we can do better than that.

For those Oklahoma working families living in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Bartlesville, Duncan, Edmond, Bethany, Atoka, or Duncan you should know that your State Representative decided that all Oklahomans across this state do not deserve a higher minimum wage, killing the effort for this year. Those House members voting against Oklahoma working families are Representatives Cooksey, Dunlap, Hall, Kirby, McCall, R.McDaniel, and D. Roberts.

I don’t know whether those voting against an increase in our state minimum wage are saying they agree with the paltry $7.25 Federal minimum wage, or if they are against increasing Oklahoma’s minimum wage above the current $2 per hour. If you live in one of the cities listed above you might take the opportunity to ask them,

The Oklahoma Coalition for Workers Rights supports all efforts to raise the Oklahoma minimum wage to provide our workforce a decent wage.

Michael Clingman

Oklahoma Coalition for Workers Rights

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