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EVRW 2014: Employees Vote Toolkit
America works better when Americans vote.
This September 22-26th, we are participating in Employee Voter Registration Week (EVRW). EVRW is an initiative organized by the business community to encourage employee voter registration. We have joined this effort in hopes that, together, we can reach our goal of having 100,000 voter forms downloaded during EVRW.
Our belief is that, when employees vote, the business community’s voice is heard. Don't let someone make the decision for you. Get registered. Get out the vote.
In important elections, every vote counts. America works better when Americans vote, but Americans can't vote unless they are registered. There are millions of employees across the US who have not registered to vote. People don't register because they forget, or it's too complicated or time-consuming, or perhaps they have moved and just haven't updated their voter registration.The truth is that registering to vote is simple and doesn't take much time or effort.
Employee Voter Registration Week is an effort to make a dent in the number of unregistered citizens across the country. During this week, companies and associations from the business community will join together in an effort to encourage voter registration among their employees. The initiative will not tell employees how to vote or who to vote for, but instead aims to serve as a resource to help employers educate their employees about the issues that are important to their businesses and a resource for providing key deadlines, voter registration, and polling location information.
Employee Voter Registration Week is powered by BIPAC, a nonpartisan, membership-driven, organization dedicated to increasing the political effectiveness of America's business community.
For more information on Employee Voter Registration Week, contact BIPAC at email@example.com
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Minimum Wage in Oregon: Which Oregonians are Impacted by Increases in the Minimum Wage?
Just last January, Oregon’s minimum wage rose to $9.10 an hour, and that might just be the beginning. So what’s that mean to you? After all, you don’t work for minimum wage.
Well, maybe it means a lot.
Despite the fact that Oregon now has the second highest minimum wage in the entire nation (just behind Washington State at $9.32) Oregon policymakers are talking about raising it even higher.
You might be surprised to find out how further increases will affect Oregon workers and businesses.
Let’s look at some facts.
First, a change in the minimum wage affects a small portion of the total workforce. Out of Oregon’s workforce of over 1.7 million people, about 5.5% of workers make minimum wage and of those, more than half are tipped employees - meaning that they often make far more than minimum wage.
Second, people often assume that many minimum wage workers are full-time employees. That’s wrong. In Oregon, only 1.4% of full-time hourly workers make minimum wage. And across the U.S., only 2% of full-time hourly workers make minimum wage, while 10% of part-time hourly workers make the minimum wage.
When it comes to being the breadwinner, the vast majority of minimum wage workers do not have families to support. In 80% of U.S. households with children, and in which someone earns minimum wage, that job accounts for less than 20% of total household income. That means that in most of those households, the minimum wage job is supplementing income earned from higher paying jobs.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that workers in minimum wage jobs are somewhat transitory; for example, almost half of all such workers are employed by the food service industry, where, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, they stay at a job for a median of only 2.3 years. This is half as long as the overall median job tenure of 4.6 years. With such a short tenure, food service industry jobs can be the precursor to better, higher-paying jobs that could only be obtained after a worker has gained experience.
So what does this total up to? A higher minimum wage means that workers cost more and businesses may not be able to hire as many employees, particularly those who are inexperienced and new to the workforce - the very people that really need that first job.