February 16, 2017
ATLANTA – The Job Creators Network (JCN) launched a major new campaign today called “Fight for $50” which seeks to change the conversation from raising the wage floor to raising the wage ceiling for average workers. The campaign fights for $50,000 a year careers, not a counterproductive $15 an hour minimum wage mandate. A full-page ad featuring the Fight For $50 campaign ran in The Hill today.
View the ad here.
The campaign calls on legislators to protect entry-level jobs where employees can learn the skills necessary to land one of the millions of available middle-skill jobs paying $50,000 or more. That means avoiding activist calls to dramatically raise the entry-level wage and reduce skill-building job opportunities.
The multi-part campaign includes a website, ads, videos, and op-eds.
The Fight for $50 campaign highlights that there are currently 5.5 million national job openings, roughly half of which are middle-class jobs that pay approximately $50,000 a year and don’t require a bachelor degree. Matching these jobs and the nearly two million long-term unemployed Americans, roughly three million “prime age” workers who have dropped out of the labor force, and the tens of millions of underemployed should be a top focus of policymakers. The Fight for $50 campaign emphasizes the importance of this.
“The Fight For $50 campaign aims to give people the skills they need to flourish in the modern job market, and earn valuable high-paying careers,” said Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network. “Policymakers must recognize that to land these jobs, jobseekers need skills such as those learned at entry-level jobs, which are currently being threatened by dramatic minimum wage increases.”