Press Release: ‘Raise the Wage Iowa’ Coalition to Launch at State Capitol March 24

For Immediate Release: March 19th, 2014

Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0530


On Monday, March 24th, a coalition of small business owners, community organizations, labor organizations, and faith leaders will launch Raise the Wage Iowa in support of raising the minimum wage. Twenty organizations have joined the statewide coalition in support of the campaign and petition at the coalition’s website.

Raise the Wage Iowa will organize and educate Iowans across the state, holding informational meetings, public rallies and events throughout the summer and fall. On Thursday, May 1st, the coalition will organize a statewide day of action, declaring ‘May Day’ for Iowa workers.

Two recent polls, conducted by the Des Moines Register and Quinnipiac University, show Iowans support raising the minimum wage by more than 65%.

Raising the minimum wage would spur economic growth by raising wages for hundreds of thousands of Iowans and creating higher demand for businesses. Research shows that several hundred million dollars would be injected into the Iowa economy if the minimum wage is raised, and the government would save money because there would be a reduction in the number of Iowans who qualify for food stamps and other public assistance.


Raise the Wage Iowa Coalition Members

Mike Coverdale, Small Business Owner from Nevada, Iowa
Connie Ryan Terrell, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
Matt Sinovic, Progress Iowa
Sue Dinsdale, Iowa Main Street Alliance & Iowa Citizen Action Network


Iowa State Capitol, Room 24
1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa


Monday, March 24th at 11:30 AM


Participating Organizations in Raise The Wage Iowa:

AFSCME Iowa Council 61

American Friends Service Committee

Americans for Democratic Action

Des Moines Education Association

Food & Water Watch

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund

Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

Iowa Citizen Action Network

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund

Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Iowa Community Action Association

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL/CIO

Iowa Main Street Alliance

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter

Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa

Progress Iowa


SEIU Iowa – Local 199

South Central Federation of Labor, AFL/CIO

Working Families Win

Additional information can be found at ICAN’s website.