Ask your Congressperson to support the FAMILY Act!

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Most of North Carolina’s family caregivers don’t have access to paid family and medical leave through their jobs. This means that when a health crisis strikes their loved one, they have to choose between paying their bills and caring for family.

The FAMILY Act would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, giving working family caregivers the ability to be present when their families need them most. It would help people take care of their elders, and for working seniors, provide security in the event that they need to take time off to recover from a serious medical issue.

Tell our lawmakers to Raise the Wage!

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This year marks the ninth anniversary of the last time lawmakers raised the federal minimum wage. Here’s what raising the minimum wage would mean for working people and the economy:

  • It would help North Carolinians get out of poverty. An estimated 334,000 fewer North Carolinians would be living in poverty today if the minimum wage were raised to $10 an hour.
  • Half a million children in North Carolina would experience increased economic security, a critical need given that our state has the 8th highest percentage of children living in poverty in the U.S.
  • It would put more money in the pockets of the people most likely to spend it. For example, boosting the minimum wage to $12 an hour would boost the ability of 1.3 million working North Carolinians to spend more on goods and services in our economy.

A bill has been filed in Congress that would make all of this possible. The Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 15) would provide for a phased approach to increasing the minimum wage, allowing businesses to plan ahead and manage the increases while also ensuring workers begin earning more in the short term.