November 4th 2013 is deadline day for petition gathering folk to get almost 16,000 valid signatures to Pierre. Their hope is to have South Dakota voters cast their ballot in favor a minimum wage increase.

Essentially, the South Dakota Democratic Party and its partners in the labor community call for an initiated measure to raise South Dakota's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour with annual cost of living increases.

(Courtesy South Dakota Democratic Party)

About 100 people came to a picnic at Elmwood Park in Sioux Falls on Labor Day to hear about the effort. S.D. Democratic Party interim Executive Director Zach Crago says about a third of those stepped up to volunteer their time to get more signatures. The holiday itself is than a symbolic day to elevate the visibility of the campaign. Crago says the fight continues for workers to earn more for their work.

Crago Touts Significance of Labor Day Message

Crago is confident that the required amount of signatures needed to put the initiated measure on the ballot will be gathered successfully.  State law requires any group filing an initiated measure for the 2014 general election to submit 15,855 valid signatures by the November 4, 2013 deadline.