The minimum wage in Oklahoma hasn't been raised in more than a decade. That's where we come in.
WageUpOKC is a group of high school students dedicated to raising the minimum wage in Oklahoma, one business at a time. Over the next four years, we plan to partner with more than 200 businesses by May 2022. After talking to many experts around Oklahoma City, the WageUpOKC team discovered the minimum wage of $7.25 in Oklahoma was far too low to support average family households.
The liveable wage we push for is
$12/hour allows a family with at least one full-time worker to be “housing stable,” or able to afford and sustain housing.
A higher minimum wage will diversify the economic pie and create more jobs.
Since more people are earning more money, people will buy more products. This grows the economy, so we all do better!
Workers who are economically secure work harder and change jobs less often. These workers increase business productivity and therefore business profits.
A higher minimum wage will encourage people to work, meaning fewer people who have to receive government assistance.
Less government assistance means less spending, in turn reducing our national debt and lowering taxes.
Better-paid employees work more consistently and have more stable families.
Children in stable families are more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to have children before turning 21 and getting married.
This Success Sequence reduces incarceration and other government expenses.
WageUpOKC is raising the minimum wage by partnering with privately owned businesses to ensure all working families can live above the poverty line.
The logo design below was made completely by the WageUpOKC team. This logo will appear on the store or office windows of our partners, assuring they are a genuine WageUpOKC partner committed to paying a living wage.