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Raise the wage ceiling by protecting the wage floor

Fight for $50,000-a-year careers by expanding entry-level training opportunities that provide employees with the skills to earn middle-class incomes.

In contrast, the Fight for a $15 minimum wage reduces job opportunities and cuts off the bottom rung of the career ladder that is needed for employees to quickly climb it.

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To get a good job, you need a first job

Skills gap

There are currently 5.9 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’s degree.

These are the types of jobs we should be fighting to fill with:

  • The nearly two million long-term unemployed Americans
  • The roughly three million “prime age” workers who have dropped out of the labor force altogether since the Great Recession
  • The tens of millions of American employees struggling with stagnating incomes
Fight for $15 is not the answer

The Fight for $50,000 can provide middle-class careers; the Fight for a $15 minimum wage threatens entry-level job opportunities because many low-margin small businesses cannot absorb its costs and are forced to shed jobs or close altogether.

  • Economists find that a federal $15 minimum wage would cost seven million jobs nationally
  • Hundreds of examples of real-world harm from local minimum wage hikes are already out there

To fill these jobs and increase incomes for millions of Americans, we must protect the entry-level opportunities that provide employees with the skills necessary to acquire them.

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$50,000 Careers

The Department of Labor projects tens of thousands of job openings, which don’t require a bachelor’s degree, in each of the following middle-class fields:

  • Dental Hygenists
  • Electrical Line Installers
  • Police
  • Sales Rep
  • Respitory Therapist
  • Property Managers
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Electricians
  • Computer support technicians
  • Medical and Lab Techs
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Mechanics
  • Truck Service Techs
  • HVAC Mechanics
  • Construction Equipment Operators
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Machinists
  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Specialty Tradespeople (Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers)
  • Correction Officers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Masonry Workers
  • Autobody Repair

Join The Fight

Tell your legislator that $50,000 careers are better than $15 jobs