A graphic designer in Denver, Colorado, is calling for a $20 minimum wage. He’s not alone.
Graphic designer Joe Sacco said he recently started an online petition that has garnered nearly 11,000 signatures, demanding the federal government raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Sacco says he’s not just speaking for himself but for those like him who are struggling to survive on a $15-an-hour minimum wage job.
Sacco said his job is extremely stressful.
He and his wife, Sarah, are both graphic designers and the couple has two young kids.
They work long hours for a living, and sometimes have to take days off for the kids.
But Sacco, who has worked in the business for about two years, said the pay isn’t as good as it should be.
“There’s so much demand for graphic designers, I think it’s really the perfect time for a raise,” Sacco told Vice News.
“I think it would be really great to raise the wage in Denver and nationally, to $20 an hour.”
The campaign has already attracted support from the Denver chapter of the Service Employees International Union.
The group has a history of supporting the minimum-wage campaign.
Saulto’s petition was started on Friday.
He said he’s been approached by several people in Denver asking for help raising the wage, and he hopes that will lead to a change in the city.
“I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of raising the minimum, and I think a lot more people need to see that there’s a demand for this job, and it’s worth doing,” Saulto said.