VRF | Virginia Retail Federation Action Center

Oppose a $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage increase legislation will be heard next week. Please contact your legislators to urge them to oppose such a drastic increase.


The current hourly wage in Virginia is $7.25. But under the legislative proposals yet to be considered during the 2020 legislative session, the minimum wage would increase sharply, possibly rising more than a dollar at a time. This would eventually equal a nearly 50% increase in labor costs in just a few short years. The time for the business community to speak out is now.


These wage hikes would give Virginia one of the highest minimum wages in the country, create a competitive disadvantage against other nearby states, and harm many retailers across the commonwealth. Mandating a wage increase is just another tax on business that will discourage job growth!


Business owners provide a direct benefit to the economy. Entrepreneurs risk their capital and other resources to start and grow businesses and provide jobs to the people of Virginia. Raising the minimum wage undermines this effort and impacts all businesses throughout the commonwealth. We are asking that you contact your lawmakers today and urge them to oppose such a drastic increase in the minimum wage to ensure Virginia’s retailers and their employees do not have to carry the burden of such a sharp increase to their labor costs.


Your lawmakers like to hear directly from the business community in their district! Please take a moment to ask your lawmakers to consider the impact of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for your business. Consider customizing the message to your lawmaker to include the following:


Will you be forced to reduce employees’ hours or lay off employees if the minimum wage is increased to $15 an hour? Will you be forced to reduce employee benefits, such as healthcare and retirement savings plans? Will a $15 an hour minimum wage make raises for full-time employees cost-prohibitive? Will it force raises for other employees, at or just above the minimum wage? Will raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour force you close your business? How long have you been in business?

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