Media Advisory for Tuesday, July 24 at 4:00pm
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Low Wage Workers Join Call to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage
Activists to march from Independence Mall to the Gallery Mall at Market East, calling for an economy that works for everyone
Philadelphia – As part of a major national day of action, hundreds of low wage workers and their supporters will protest in front of Bain Capital-owned Burlington Coat Factory and other corporate suppliers of poor quality jobs on Tuesday calling for a raise in the federal minimum wage.
Home to a number of large retail stores and fast food chains, the march from Independence Mall to the Gallery Mall at Market East is littered with big corporations paying poverty wages to the workers who make them profitable. Burlington Coat Factory – and other low wage Bain Capital-owned companies like Dunkin Donuts – is a symbol of the 1% economy in which taxes are dodged, jobs are outsourced and wages are driven down in order to maximize corporate profits and CEO bonuses.
The federal minimum wage stands at $7.25, and Tuesday marks the third year since it was last raised. The federal tipped minimum wage continues to be atrociously low at $2.13 an hour, and has not gone up in more than twenty years. Wealthy corporations can afford to give working people a raise. According to a new report by the National Employment Law Project, the vast majority of low wage and minimum wage workers are not employed by small businesses, but large, profitable corporations. Over the past five years, the top 50 low-wage employers in the U.S. returned more than $174 billion to shareholders, while the top-paid executives at those companies were given an average of $9.4 million a year.
WHAT: Hundreds of protestors calling for a raise in the minimum wage
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th at 4:00pm
WHERE: March from Independence Mall, 5th and Market to the Gallery Mall at Market East, 11th and Market
VISUALS: Activists with signs, banners and noise makers
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