You can download the app from your iPad or iPhone here. View the app website here, or watch a short demo video here. Read the app’s coverage in The Wall Street Journal here.
The app helps level the playing field between small businesses and labor unions. Labor unions and labor-backed advocacy groups pushing for higher minimum wages have the luxury of devoting all of their time to the effort. Small business owners have businesses to run, so they often are unaware that a wage fight is happening, and may not have the time to get active. This app is designed to simplify this process.
Business owners will be alerted to legislative battles in up to two states where they have locations. (City functionality may be added at a later date.) With the push of a button, the app will automatically route a message from the business owner to relevant state or federal legislators -- complete with details about how the wage hike in question would affect that business and its employees. Business owners would input unique information about how the proposed legislation would affect their businesses.
EPI's vision for the app was turned into reality in partnership with Red Foundry, an award-winning mobile app development company based in Chicago.
This year, numerous states have passed dramatic minimum wage increases, which have caused some businesses to lay off employees, reduce hours, or even close entirely. EPI launched Faces of $15 last year to document these stories. Today’s app launch provides business owners with the tools to help prevent these consequences from occurring.
“Wage Engage helps small business owners, who have traditionally been too busy to fight minimum wage proposals, quickly and easily explain how wage hikes would affect their business,” said Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute. “The app gives small businesses the megaphone they need to engage with the well-funded, professional advocacy groups threatening to put them out of business.”
For more information, visit EPIOnline.org. To schedule an interview, contact Jordan Bruneau at (202) 463-7650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Employment Policies Institute is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding employment growth. In particular, EPI focuses on issues that affect entry-level employment. EPI receives support from restaurants, foundations, and individuals.