Local non-profit petitions for increased minimum wage

"A lot of times, LGBTQ people tend to be underemployed just due to conditions in our state, but also we believe in equality and equity for everyone.  We want everyone in Nebraska to have the ability to thrive as their full selves," said Aryn Huck.
Local Non Profit Petitions For Increased Minimum Wage

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Local non-profit, OutNebraska, has begun to petition to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska.

OutNebraska, a non-profit empowering the LGBTQ community joined the “Raise the Wage” statewide petition.

“A lot of times, LGBTQ people tend to be underemployed just due to conditions in our state, but also we believe in equality and equity for everyone.  We want everyone in Nebraska to have the ability to thrive as their full selves.  Part of that is making sure they can pay for food, bills, rent,” said Aryn Huck, community organizer at OutNebraska.

Every week, OutNebraska will dedicate an hour to collecting signatures at their office. Time and locations to sign the “Raise the Wage” petition can be found here.

The petition states minimum wage would go up $1.50 every year for the next three years until it reaches $15 an hour. Petitioners will need to collect signatures from about 20% of working Nebraskans, including a percentage in each county across Nebraska.

Currently, the minimum wage is $9 per hour in Nebraska.

“Keeping it adjusted to cost of living in the state.  So if the cost of living doesn’t go up it won’t increase, but it will always have an annual review just so that we don’t have to do this again,” said Huck. “We don’t have to go out and collect signatures every 5,6,7 years, instead, we can have a yearly review that says alright are we competitive, are we keeping up with the cost of living?”

People wanting to sign the petition must be registered to vote in Nebraska for the signature to count. People can register either at OutNebraska during their weekly petition hour or online at the Secretary of State website.

If petitioners received all required signatures by July 7th, this will show up on the November ballot.

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