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Tillis, worldwide fast food protests and the minimum wage debate

Posted By Jessica Rocha On May 15, 2014 @ 2:13 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Today fast food workers from around the world—including folks throughout North Carolina – are rallying [1] for a decent raise (most workers In NC make around the minimum wage of $7.25/hour) and the right to collectively bargain.Greenville NC [2]

And now that the state legislature has reconvened, a handful of state representatives introduced House Joint Resolution 1068 calling for a raise to the minimum wage [3] today as well.

The legislation has been shepherded to the Commerce and Job Development Committee, and we’ll see what happens next. Specifically, let’s see what Rep. Thom Tillis, the speaker of the house and Republican U.S.-Senate candidate, will do about it.

Tillis had previously called the minimum wage an “artificial threshold” [4] and a bid to increase it a “dangerous idea.”

But last week on MSNBC [5] he punted –basically to himself — by saying the rate should be set at the state level.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd repeatedly asked him if he as state Speaker of the House would be in favor of raising the minimum wage in North Carolina, and Tillis couldn’t bring himself to answer that question.

Tillis probably knows that  73 percent of people believe it’s time to raise the wage. [6]Let’s see what he’ll do about it.


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[1] rallying: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/05/15/fast-food-workers-strike/9114245/

[2] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Greenville-NC.jpg

[3] calling for a raise to the minimum wage: http://mobile.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H1068v1.pdf

[4] “artificial threshold”: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/02/26/4725445/thom-tillis-opposes-minimum-wage.html#.U3TZ77TYD3V

[5] on MSNBC: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/07/thom-tillis-minimum-wage_n_5280211.html

[6] 73 percent of people believe it’s time to raise the wage. : http://www.people-press.org/2014/01/23/most-see-inequality-growing-but-partisans-differ-over-solutions/

[7] Mitt Romney: Raise the minimum wage : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/09/mitt-romney-raise-the-minimum-wage/

[8] A big picture view of the CBO’s minimum wage report : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/21/a-big-picture-view-of-the-cbos-minimum-wage-report/

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