Political Group Advocates for Minimum Wage Increase
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A group advocating for a higher minimum wage was in Cedar Rapids Friday morning.
Progressive political group, 'Americans United for Change' was at the Hawkeye Labor Council in Southwest Cedar Rapids to campaign for raising the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The current minimum wage stands at $7.25. Americans United for Change is in the middle of a 20-state bus tour to advocate for a higher wage.
Iowa Democratic Congressional candidate Dave O'Brien was at Friday morning's event. O'Brien says workers' productivity has gone up 83% over the last 35 years while wages have generally stayed the same.
"We need to have a wage that reflects the amount of work that someone's doing, and that starts at the minimum wage at $10.10 per hour," said O'Brien.
Friday morning's stop in Cedar Rapids was the 2nd on the group's tour in Iowa. Americans United for Change made a stop in front of the State Capitol in Des Moines on Thursday.