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National Employment Law Project (NELP) Biography

Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"

“Raising the minimum wage right now is more important than ever. Minimum wage increases stimulate the economy by increasing consumer spending, without adding to state and federal budget deficits. Consumer spending drives 70 percent of the economy, and increasing demand is key for jumpstarting production and re-hiring. A raise in the minimum wage puts money into the pockets of low-income consumers, who immediately spend it at local businesses… Strengthening the minimum wage can help build a sustainable economic recovery – without increasing costs for taxpayers…

[S]ix of the top ten growth occupations projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for next decade are low-wage jobs, including home health aides, customer service representatives, food preparation and service workers, personal and home care aides, retail salespersons, and office clerks. Raising the minimum wage would boost pay scales in these types of jobs where millions of Americans today spend their careers… Research has documented how, especially in low-wage industries, raising wages reduces turnover, because workers who are paid more stay with their current employer longer.”

“Minimum Wage Question and Answer,” (accessed Feb. 10, 2016)


“For more than 45 years, NELP has sought to ensure that America upholds for all workers her promise of opportunity and economic security through work.

NELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed.

We publish research that illuminates workers’ issues; promote policies that improve workers’ lives; lend deep legal and policy expertise to important cases and campaigns; and partner with allies to advance crucial reforms.

NELP works from the ground up to build systemic change. We collaborate with community partners on advocacy campaigns, developing and testing innovative policy ideas in cities and states, then scaling them up to effect change nationally.

We partner with advocacy networks grounded in the full range of stakeholders—grassroots groups and national organizations, worker centers and unions, policymakers and think tanks.”

“About Nelp,” (accessed Feb. 24, 2016)


“National Employment Law Project (NELP) is working to rebuild the foundation of economic security and opportunity in the 21st century economy. In partnership with national, state, and local allies, we promote 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.”

“Mission Statement,” (accessed Feb. 24, 2016)

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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?