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Ralph Nader Campaigns to Increase Federal Minimum Wage to 1968 Level

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Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist and former independent presidential candidate, conducted by Scott Harris


On a bright winter morning, citizen activist and four-time independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader gathered with 12 other people in front of the Walmart store in Torrington, Conn. The Connecticut native, who grew up in nearby Winstead, organized the Walmart picket to kick off a national grassroots campaign to demand an increase in the federal minimum wage. Although President Obama during his Feb. 12 State of the Union address called for a rise in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $9.00, indexed to inflation, Nader says that moving to a $10.50 minimum wage should be the goal to catch up with the actual value of the minimum wage in 1968.

Nader points out that while Walmart CEO Mike Duke makes about $11,000 an hour, 30 million American workers who earn the minimum wage are losing ground, a symptom of growing income inequality across the nation. According to the AFL-CIO, top executives at America’s largest corporations made 42 times the pay of the average worker in 1980, but now CEOs are earning 343 times the average worker’s wage.

On March 15, Republicans who control the House of Representatives unanimously voted down an amendment to legislation that would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Adding to the debate, newly-elected Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, citing a 2012 study, asserted that if wages were tied to productivity, the minimum wage today would be $22.00 an hour. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Ralph Nader about his campaign to raise the minimum wage – and the pros and cons cited by supporters and opponents in the national debate on the proposal.

RALPH NADER: Well you know, (President) Obama put forth $9 an hour by 2015. (Rep.) George Miller (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), they've put forth $10.10 by 2016. It's like, people can wait? I mean, these companies have been getting windfalls last year, with shrinking real wage and now they want to make people who serve us, people who take care of our children, take of our ailing grandparents and clean up after us, who grow our food – they want them to wait until 2016?

No. We got to in effect get moving. Now we have exact materials you need to put the pressure on Congress, it's all on Congress or your state legislature. Put the pressure. Just go to That's a really easy one to remember. and it's got form statements and form letters if you want. Spice it up. Give it your own distinctive language, and let's go.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Ralph, you know in our media system, we constantly hear opposition to a rise in the minimum wage. And they say that an increase in the minimum wage will hurt job creators, slow down the economy, trigger layoffs or a freeze in hiring, penalize teenagers and entry-level workers. I know you've got a response for that.

RALPH NADER: They got some nerve. They certainly don't talk about laying off workers because they're paying their bosses tens of millions of dollars a year. Major economic studies show one,tthere's not overall job loss, there's a net job increase. Why wouldn't there be? Tens of billions of dollars in additional money being spent in the marketplace in stores for the necessities of life of these working poor in America. And that's gonna create jobs overall.

So, it's a job increase. (A higher minimum wage is) an economic stimulus without a tax increase. There'll be less reliance on government relief programs because people would be able to earn more money. Walmart actually has an advisory service showing its underpaid workers how they can get earned income tax credit, how they can get food stamps, how they can get all kinds of relief. Can you imagine the nerve? So if they get more wages, there's less pressure on those programs and finally, the more you get paid, the more you put into Social Security and Medicare.

So, it's a win all over, all around. And that's what Costco's CEO – I talked to him the other day – and he was very clear. He said, "I believe in good wages. We have less employee turnover. We have happier employees. We have more productive employees and we start them at $11.50 an hour plus benefits." And that's a Big Box store.

Now a lot of people don't know this: Almost two-thirds of low-income workers are employed by 50 large corporations whose brand name we know. Burger King, K-Mart, Walmart and so on, McDonald's. And the average CEO pay of those companies, the boss? Over 10 million bucks a year.

Now there are small businesses, but small businesses are defined by the federal government as up to 500 employees. That's some small business, huh, Scott? What we're seeing here is that no one will be able to use the minimum wage as a competitive thing, because all businesses, all employers will have to raise it. Some workers in some real small businesses may be laid off. But some of these workers who may be laid off will just go and get the extra jobs that are being produced because of more sales. Henry Ford had that figured out in 1914, when he doubled the wage of his auto workers from 2.50 to 5 bucks. He said, "Hey, I want more customers. We gotta pay them more if we're going to get more customers for our cars."

BETWEEN THE LINES: What are you doing to connect with different groups all around the country to push forward this campaign? To pressure Congress for an increase in the minimum wage?

RALPH NADER: Well, we want to get the labor unions moving. The AFL-CIO has been sitting on its duff hardly doing anything. They've got the money to put some good TV and radio ads on. Look what they do during the campaign for the Democrats. Tens of millions of dollars. So SEIU, the AFL-CIO, United Auto Workers and so on, they ought to do that. And they ought to get their locals filling those town meetings in April or, and there's a recess of course, in May. And there's a big congressional recess in August, the whole month. So there's plenty of opportunity to fill those seats at these town meetings.

Ralph Nader's latest book is titled, “The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future.” Find more information on Nader’s minimum wage campaign at

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