Need another reason why South Dakotans want to raise the minimum wage?
According to a new study produced by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center & the University of Illiniois, 52% of fast food workers with families have to rely on public assistance programs.
In fact, McDonald’s actually provides a private helpline for employees who are looking for food stamps, heating assistance, and other help from government programs.
McDonald’s privately recognizes that public assistance is a necessity for a lot of fast food workers. They publicly admit in “Practical Money Skills” trainings that McDonald’s workers need two jobs to make ends meet.
Here in South Dakota, we value hard work. If you show up, work hard, and play by the rules, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty. You should be able to earn a wage that lifts you out of government assistance. That’s why we’re part of a team that’s gathering signatures RIGHT NOW for our initiated measure to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour with annual cost of living increases.
We have until November 4th to collect 15,855 signatures. There’s still time to make a difference for 62,000 South Dakotans who’ll earn more from our initiated measure to raise the minimum wage. Can you help us?