LUM serves on Minimum Wage Forum

Raising the minimum wage was the topic of a forum held yesterday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette, Indiana. About 40 people were in attendance. Panelists included Derek Thomas, a senior policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families, Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry executive director and Don Scheiber former labor liaison to the United Way of Greater Lafayette.The program was sponsored by several groups, including Rebuild the American Dream Coalition of Greater Lafayette, Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee, Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch 3506 of the NAACP, AFL-CIO, Tippecanoe Building Trades and the UAW-CAP Council.Micon listed perks of raising wages according to a 2003 study from the University of California, Berkeley, that looked at the San Francisco Airport.

“Reduced turnover, increased morale, increased work performance, better customer service, to name a few” Micon said. “Raising the minimum wage is not the answer to all of our problems, but it’s a sensible place to start.”
Pictured L to R are forum panelists Derek Thomas, Joe Micon and Don Scheiber.

Pictured L to R are forum panelists Derek Thomas, Joe Micon and Don Scheiber.



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