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Organizations: Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage:
Issue Organizations

Organizations Addressing This Issue

A variety of organizations advocate for a higher minimum wage, for example to $15 an hour. Some oppose that kind of increase. Listed below are several major national organizations that support studies and writings on this issue, providing legal and other expertise, testimony before Congress and staff assistance to various states on wage issues. The staffs and websites of these organizations provide a wealth of information and analysis about wage issues and reform proposals on the state and federal levels.

American Enterprise Institute

1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 862-5800

Director of Economic Policy Studies: Michael R. Strain
Veronique Rodman, Director of Public Affairs 

AEI states that its mission is “to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism—limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.” While AEI as an institution states that it does not take positions on policies, its scholars and fellows regularly publish analysis on issues of worker pay and the minimum wage. On Feb 7, 2019,  Dr. Michael Strain, AEI’s Director of Economic Policy Studies, testified before the House Education and Labor Committee on the topic, “A $15 Minimum Wage Will Harm Workers.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Postal Square Building,
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001

Commissioner, Erica L. Groshen
Deputy Commissioner, John M. Galvin
Regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its Commissioner releases monthly labor statistics. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information in objective, timely, accurate, and relevant manner.

Campaign for America’s Future

1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 955-5665
email: contact form

Founding Co-Director, Robert L. Borosage
Founding Co-Director, Roger Hickey
Director of online communications, Isaiah J. Pool

Campaign for America’s Future explores, proposes and promotes new economic ideas to address pressing economic and social problems.  It provides news, analysis, action alerts, and resources for progressives on issues such as education, economics, and energy.

Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division

Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)

Administrator, David Weil
Deputy Administrator, Laura Fortman
Deputy Administrator for Program Operations, Patricia Davidson

The Wage and Hour mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation’s workforce. For current minimum wage laws see this website.

Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

1333 H Street NW, Suite 300, East Tower
Washington, DC 20005-4707
(202) 775-8810

President, Lawrence Mishel
Research and Policy Director, Josh Bivens

EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions. To achieve this goal, EPI conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working America and proposes public policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of low- and middle-income workers and assesses policies with respect to how they affect those workers.


218 D St., SE, Suite 206
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 461-2472 & (202) 461-3847

Office Administrator, Dan Herb
Communications Director, David Elliot
Legislative Director, Sean Garren
Field Organizer, Nick Arent
National Field Director, Meredith Small

Based in: Portland, ME
Field offices in Boston, Denver; Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (ME)

Through social and economic justice-related campaigns, Fair Share stands for an America where everyone gets their fair share, does their fair share, and pays their fair share; and where everyone plays by the same rules.

Interfaith Worker Justice

1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 728-8400

Executive Director, Kim Bobo
National Organizer, Janel Bailey
Organizing Director, Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow

Based in Chicago, IL
More than 70 affiliates across the country

Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) advances the rights of workers by engaging diverse faith communities into action, from grassroots organizing to shaping policy at the local, state and national levels.

Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign

P.O. Box 2441
Little Rock, AR 72203

Director, Steve Copley

100 Member Organizations across the country

The nonpartisan Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign is a leading faith, community, labor, business coalition committed to raising the minimum wage to a living wage at the state and federal level. It educates the public about the link between poverty and wages, and informs people of the severity of conditions facing low-wage working people and what must be done to bring about constructive change.

National Employment Law Project (NELP)

75 Maiden Lane, Suite 601
New York, NY 10038
(212) 285-3025

Executive Director, Christine L. Owens
General Counsel & Program Director, Paul Sonn
Policy Analyst, Jack Temple

Field offices in Ann Arbor, D.C. Oakland and Seattle

The National Employment Law Project works to restore the promise of economic opportunity in the 21st century economy. In partnership with national, state and local allies, NELP promotes policies and programs that create good jobs, strengthen upward mobility, enforce hard-won worker rights, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing through improved benefits and services.

National Conference of State Legislatures

444 North Capitol Street N.W., Suite 515
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 624-5400

President, Senator Debbie Smith (Nevada)
Staff Chair, Margaret “Peggy” Piety (Indiana)

Regional office in Denver, CO

NCSL is committed to the success of all legislators and staff. Our mission is to improving the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promoting policy innovation and communication among state legislatures, and ensuring state legislatures are a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. For current state minimum wage laws see this page on the NCSL website.

New Economy Coalition

89 South Street, Suite 406
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 946-3200

Director of Communications and Online Organizing, Eli Feghali
Director of Programs, Rachel Plattus

The New Economy Coalition (NEC) is a network of organizations seeking to imagine and build a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. NEC is seeking to create deep change in the economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people.

Partnership for Working Families

1825 K Street NW Suite 210
Washington, DC 20006

Executive Director, Nikki Fortunato Bas
Civic Engagement Campaign Director, John Goldstein

Seventeen affiliates across the country, including Puget Sound Sage (WA), LAANE (CA), Isaiah (MN), Pittsburgh United (PA), and Georgia Stand-Up (GA)

The Partnership for Working Families is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations that support innovative solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems. Together we are a voice for working families, promoting policies that create quality jobs and thriving, healthy communities. We advance innovative campaigns, provide issue specific resources and share winning strategies and lessons with allies dedicated to creating a new economy that creates opportunity for all.

Poverty in America/Living Wage Calculator-MIT

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
(617) 253-1000

Director, Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier

This accelerated research, data development, and distribution research program provides new understanding of the manifestation, meaning, and causes of enduring economic distress. The meaning of distress can move from the abstract to the concrete through an empirical examination of the spatial distribution and enduring existence of economic distress. By combining statistical analysis with policy evaluation and historical assessment of previous policy efforts, this project is elevating the issue of community economic distress to a new level.

Raise the Minimum Wage Website (A project of NELP)

75 Maiden Lane, Suite 601
New York, NY 10038
(212) 285-3025

Legal Co-Director, Paul Sonn
Policy Analyst, Jack Temple
Campaign Strategist, Arun Ivatury

Partner field offices across the country is a project of the National Employment Project. With its partners, it provides strategic support, technical assistance, research, materials, and coordination for increased minimum wage campaigns.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

350 7th Avenue, Suite 1504
New York, NY 10001
(212) 243-6900

Co- Founder & Co-Director, Saru Jayaraman
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Fekkak Mamdouh
National Research Director, Teófilo Reyes
National Organizing Director, Lauren Jacobs

Field offices in the Bay Area, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Michigan, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC

The mission of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce.

United for a Fair Economy

1 Milk Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 423-2148

Executive Director & Popular Educator, Jeannette Huezo
Director of Communications, Mike Leyba
Education Coordinator, Riahl O’Malley
Director, Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative, Michael Young

“United for a Fair Economy challenges the concentration of wealth and power that corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide and tears communities apart. We use popular economics education, trainings, and creative communications to support social movements working for a resilient, sustainable and equitable economy.”

YES! Magazine

284 Madrona Way NE, Ste 116,
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2870

Executive Director, Fran Korten
Editor in Chief, Sarah Van Gelder
Executive Editor, Dean Paton

YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, it outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.See this recent example of their work.

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