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States and cities move to a fairer minimum wage

There has been a lot of progress in the fight to raise the minimum wage. We're not talking about Congress, where a Senate minority blocked a measure this past April that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. We're talking about states and cities taking matters into their own hands, moving forward to support the working families in their communities.

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law that will raise the minimum wage for all workers in Massachusetts. This will help about 600,000 workers who currently earn the minimum wage, and another 200,000 people whose earnings primarily come from tips.

At the other end of the country, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie also signed a bill into law that raises the minimum wage.

That's huge. And it's just the tip of the iceberg. Check out more progress from across the country:

* Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that will boost Michigan's minimum wage to $9.25.

* Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill into law that will increase the state minimum wage to $10.10.

* The city of Seattle raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour for workers.

* In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for city contractors.

* In Las Cruces, New Mexico, the city council voted to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2016, but that's not the end of it—supporters delivered more than 6,000 petition signatures to City Hall to put a measure on the ballot this fall that would raise the wage to $10.10 by 2017.

Behind all of these efforts is tireless organizing from people like you, who are willing to fight for working families. OFA volunteers are still calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for all Americans, but we'll continue to fight for progress on this issue wherever it's possible across the country.

Add your name to this petition to lawmakers, and join the team that's fighting for a better wage for working Americans.

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