February 12, 2007
The Virginia Organizing Project along with members of the community pushed for a higher minimum wage across Virginia Monday morning.
The group presented to the public more than 36,000 signatures of those who also want to see Virginia's low-wage workers make more than $5.15 an hour.
Charlottesville was just one of the cities across Virginia trying to show state law-makers why a minimum wage increase to $6.50 is needed.
"There have already been 29 other states, and the District of Columbia that have already increased their minimum wage because they are not waiting for the federal government to act. Virginia needs to step up to the plate," said Karen Waters of the Virginia Organizing Project.
The Virginia Senate passed the bill on February 5, 2007. It is now headed to the Virginia House of Delegates to be heard by its Commerce and Labor Committees.