Presentation on theme: "Memphis Area Women’s Council Task Force on Economic Self Sufficiency A Living Wage."— Presentation transcript:
Memphis Area Women’s Council Task Force on Economic Self Sufficiency A Living Wage
Living Wage is a Women’s Issue » Bulk of low-wage workers in US are female » Women comprise less than half U.S. workforce but 61% of workers earning minimum wage » Two thirds of minimum wage earners are adults 20 years of age or older » Work requirements of welfare reform apply overwhelmingly to adult women
Living Wage is a Memphis Women’s Issue 49 % of women in Memphis who work full- time earn less than $25,000 per year Women in Memphis who work full-time earn 69% of what men earn Women make up 51% of the Memphis workforce, but only 21% of those earning more than $75,000 per year
What is a Living Wage? » Means self-sufficiency » Amount family needs for basic necessities » Takes $13.06/hour in Memphis for one adult and one child » Memphis economy dominated by service jobs at $7 – $10/hour
What does that get you? » Adequate child care » Basic rental housing and utilities » Adequate food prepared at home » Five-year old car » Subsidized health insurance » Basic clothing and personal care products » Payment of local, state and federal taxes
What’s missing? Long distance phone calls Cable TV Restaurant meals Insurance for eye & dental care Home equity Vacations Savings
Proposed Memphis Living Wage Ordinance $10/hr with health insurance $12/hr without health insurance Workers covered are those under contract with city, working for companies that get tax abatements, and city employees
Working for local ordinance Mid-South Interfaith Network for Economic Justice, many churches and faith based organizations Labor union representatives 9 of 13 City Council candidates Church Women United Commercial Appeal Editorial in favor of ordinance Memphis Area Women’s Council
Opposed to local ordinance Chamber of Commerce Tennessee Municipal League Brent Taylor and Scott McCormick Hotel and Restaurant Association
Living Wage: Call to Action Attend rally May 8, 12 noon, City Hall Plaza, Main Street Wear and pass out Mothers’ Day stickers Attend key meetings of City Council Wear MAWC Living Wage buttons
Living Wage: Call to Action Identify women-owned (& other) businesses in support of Living Wage Respond to Action Alerts Calls and letters to City Council Members (go to www.memphiswomen.org)
Living Wage: Call to Action Invite presentations to women’s groups, Sunday School, etc. Sign post cards today!
www.memphiswomen.org www.memphiswomen.org A new resource for the community Community Calendar Action Network Local & National Resources Studies & Data Register to Vote English & Spanish On-line Discussion Forums
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