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Resolution Number: 2003-C030
Title: Urge Legislation to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 74th General Convention urge our elected congresspersons and U.S. senators to initiate or support legislation raising the federal minimum wage to at least $8.70 an hour, this figure being the hourly equivalent of an annual wage at the current federal poverty line, $18,100 for a family of four persons.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, 2003 (New York: General Convention, 2004), p. 262.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author: Diocese of Los Angeles
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

House of Deputies

The House of Deputies Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report #11 on Resolution C030 (The Working Poor) and moved adoption with amendment.

Original Text of Resolution:

(C030)

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 74th General Convention urge our elected congresspersons and U.S. senators to initiate or support legislation raising the federal minimum wage to at least $8.70 an hour, this figure being the hourly equivalent of an annual wage at the current federal poverty line, $18,100 for a family of four persons; and be it further

Resolved, That the 74th General Convention continue to support living wage campaigns in the cities and counties of every diocese; and be it further

Resolved, That the 74th General Convention strongly affirm the right of workers to organize as protected by federal and state law, especially in low wage industries and businesses, and including the institutions of every diocese.

Committee Amendment:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 74th General Convention urge our elected congresspersons and U.S. senators to initiate or support legislation raising the federal minimum wage; to at least $8.70 an hour, this figure being the hourly equivalent of an annual wage at the current federal poverty line, $18,100 for a family of four persons; and be it further

Resolved, That the 74th General Convention continue to support living wage campaigns in the cities and counties of every diocese, and be it further

Resolved, That the 74th General Convention strongly affirm the reaffirm The Episcopal Church commitment to the right of workers to organize as protected and where permitted by federal and state law, especially in low wage industries and businesses, and including the institutions of every diocese.

Deputy Curtis of Newark moved to amend the amended resolution.

Proposed Amendment:

Restore the deleted text in the first resolve clause in the Committee amendment.

Deputy Hart of Pennsylvania moved to terminate debate on the Curtis amendment and on the main motion.

The President asked to limit the vote to terminating the debate on the Curtis amendment only due to the limited debate and the number of people at microphones.

Motion carried

Debate terminated

A vote was taken on the Curtis amendment.

Motion carried

Amendment adopted

Deputy Lattime of Rochester moved to amend the amended resolution.

Proposed Amendment:

In the first resolve clause, add “and legislation that would provide equal labor rights and benefits, including the right to organize, to farm workers” after "federal minimum wage".

Deputy Renton of California moved to terminate debate on the amendment and the main motion.

Motion carried

Debate terminated

A vote was taken on the Lattime amendment.

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

A vote was taken on Resolution C030 as amended.

Motion carried

Resolution adopted with amendment

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #134)

House of Bishops

The House of Bishops Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report #11 on HD Message #134 on Resolution C030 (The Working Poor) and moved concurrence.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #201)

Resolution Concurred by Both Houses, August 7.

Abstract:   The 74th General Convention urges legislators to support legislation for raising the federal minimum wage.
Notes:  

Due to an editing error, the Journal of Convention 2003 does not show the second and third resolves stricken from the Committee's report.