There are many misconceptions about the minimum wage. It is true that much of our Stop & Shop negotiations centered around increases for members who have been working for awhile, so that their wages are not compressed with those of new hires if the minimum wage is increased. However, over all, an increase to $15.00 per hour helps many of our members, and not just the way you might think. Yes, many of them will receive a dramatic increase in their take home pay. The other important thing to remember is when the minimum wage is increased, it gives working families more money to spend. One of the first places they will spend their money is on food, thereby bringing more business into many of the companies your union represents. According to www.timeforaraise.org, people earning minimum wage spend everything that they have, because they do not have enough money to meet all of their expenses. This means that when their wages are increased, all of their money goes directly into the economy. The state of CT House of representatives has already passed a law to increase the minimum wage over time to $15.00/hr. The State Senate still needs to vote, and Governor Lamont has said he will sign it if it passes.