While this may not be a true victory, NFIB fought against raising the minimum wage to $10.10. The legislature finally voted to raise the minimum wage to a lower amount, $8.25.
In 2013 NFIB was able to stop
legislation from passing that would have: 1) increased the Delaware minimum
wage by $1.00 to $8.25; 2) tied future increases to the consumer price index
(CPI), resulting in an annual automatic increase estimated to be 3-4%; and, 3)
required that Delaware minimum wage always be $1.00 higher than the federal
minimum wage. The bill passed the Senate
but was tabled in the House after NFIB and others argued for defeat.
In 2014 the same legislative threat
appeared and we were successful in removing the CPI and $1.00 above the federal
minimum wage requirement. Unfortunately,
both chambers passed and the Governor signed into law a higher minimum wage
that will raise it to $8.25. The new
hourly minimum wage went up 50 cents to $7.75 on June 1, 2014 and will go up
another 50 cents to $8.25 per hour on June 1, 2015.