Des Moines, IA -- Raise the Wage Iowa, a coalition of small business owners, faith leaders, as well as labor and community organizations, will rally to raise the minimum wage on Tuesday, March 31st, at 5 events across the state of Iowa. Events will begin in Des Moines at the state capitol, continue in the home districts of the 'Terrible Trio' in the Iowa House who are blocking a minimum wage increase.

The Iowa Senate passed a bipartisan compromise minimum wage increase last month, but Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen, Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, and Labor Committee Chair Greg Forristall have not allowed it for a vote in the Iowa House. If the legislation does not move forward by Friday, April 3rd, it will not survive the legislative 'funnel' and working Iowans will have to wait at least one more year for a raise.

Next Tuesday's statewide day of action will call on the 'Terrible Trio' of Paulsen, Upmeyer, and Forristall to allow a vote on a minimum wage increase. Iowa is falling behind our neighboring states in wage growth, and we cannot afford to wait any longer!

Event Details - Tuesday, March 31st

 

9:30 AM Kick-Off Press Conference at the Capitol

Iowa State Capitol, Room 116

1007 East Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa

Speakers:

Sue Dinsdale, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Matt Sinovic, Progress Iowa, Chris Schwartz, Americans for Democratic Action.

 

2:30 PM Press Conference in Clear Lake, Majority Leader Upmeyer's hometown

LOCATION: Lakeview Community Center, 10 N Lakeview Drive, Clear Lake

Speakers: Chris Petersen, Iowa Main Street Alliance; Sue Dinsdale, Iowa Citizen Action Network and Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

 

 

4:30 PM Press Conference in Hiawatha, Speaker Paulsen's hometown

Hiawatha Public Library , 150 Willman St, Hiawatha Iowa

Speaker: Rick Moyle , Hawkeye Labor Council AFL/CIO & Mike Owen Iowa policy Project

 

12:00 PM Press Conference in Macedonia, Rep. Forristall's hometown

US Post Office, 319 Main St, Macedonia, Iowa

Speaker: Matt Sinovic, Progress Iowa

 

5:00 PM Rock the Wage Front Porch Concert

1105 Mulberry St, Waterloo, Iowa

Speaker: Chris Schwartz, Americans for Democratic Action

Band: False Indigo

 

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS in RAISE THE WAGE IOWA:

 

AFSCME Iowa Council 61

American Friends Service Committee

Americans for Democratic Action

Des Moines Education Association

Food & Water Watch

Hawkeye labor Council AFL/CIO

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund

Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

Iowa Citizen Action Network

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund

Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Iowa Community Action Association

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL/CIO

Iowa Main Street Alliance

Iowa State Education Association

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter

Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa

Progress Iowa

RESULTS

SEIU Iowa - Local 199

South Central Federation of Labor, AFL/CIO

UNI Americans for Democratic Action