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United Methodist Women Joins Columbus Groups in Rally for Living Wage

A Living Wage for All: Ohio Needs a Raise!

United Methodist Women Joins Columbus Groups in Rally for Living Wage

Nearly 2,000 United Methodist Women members in town for their quadrennial Assembly are standing alongside Columbus-area faith, labor and community organizations calling for a living wage at a rally at the Ohio Statehouse, May 17. About 600 of the women came to the rally after volunteering at some 38 Columbus- area nonprofits as part of United Methodist Women's Ubuntu Day of Service and Advocacy kicking off "The Power of Bold" Assembly, May 18-20, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The "A Living Wage for All: Ohio Needs a Raise!" rally supports legislation before the Ohio legislature that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Ohio's current minimum wage is $8.30 an hour, which is $17, 264 annually for full-time workers.

"This rally seeks to help build momentum for Ohio's HB 576," said Carol Barton, lead organizer for United Methodist Women's national Living Wage for All Campaign. The organization is advocating for state legislation that builds a base for a living wage around the country. "For nearly 150 years United Methodist Women has focused on improving life for women, children, youth and families. A living wage ensures all working families can support their children. It also means more money spent in local businesses and stronger communities."

"Last year, six of Ohio’s 10 most common jobs paid so little that a typical worker would need food assistance to feed a family of three, typically earning less than $26,000. Raising the minimum wage would increase earnings for the workers who struggle most in our low-wage economy and help create the kind of economy where everyone shares in our growth." said Amy Hanaur, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio, a rally speaker.

Ohio Assembly Representative Brigid Kelly, a co-sponsor of HB 576, urged Ohio voters to advocate for a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.

"A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it," Ms. Kelly said. "Instead of an upside-down economy where full-time workers and their families are forced to rely on Medicaid, cash assistance and food stamps to make ends meet, we can boost our economy to make it work for all of us."

Thirteen local organizations co-sponsored the rally, including the Policy Matters Ohio, Service Employees International Union-1199 Ohio, and Farm Labor Organization Committee. Also sponsoring the rally are Church and Community Development for All People; Council on American Islamic Relations, Columbus Chapter; Faith in Public Life-Ohio; For Ohio's Future Action Fund; Methodist Federation for Social Action, East and West Ohio Conferences; Methodist Theological School in Ohio; Ohio Council of Churches; Progress Ohio; Sierra Club- Ohio; and Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio.

United Methodist Women is a national supporter of the Poor People's Campaign—A National Call for Moral Revival, which was represented at the rally.

United Methodist Women is a national co-sponsor of the Poor People's Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival.  @UMWomen will participate in the launch of forty days for moral revival in Washington, D.C., on May 14 and the Ohio Poor People's Campaign joins us on May 17 in our call to raise the Ohio minimum wage.

Posted or updated: 5/14/2018 12:00:00 AM

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Co-sponsors:

  1. Church and Community Development for All People
  2. Council on American Islamic Relations, Columbus Chapter
  3. Faith in Public Life – Ohio
  4. Farm Labor Organizing Committee, FLOC
  5. For Ohio's Future Action Fund
  6. Methodist Federation for Social Action, East and West Ohio Conferences
  7. Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  8. Ohio Council of Churches
  9. Policy Matters Ohio
  10. Progress Ohio
  11. SEIU/1199 Ohio, The Healthcare and Social Service Union
  12. Sierra Club -- Ohio
  13. Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio - UUJO
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