Fight For $15 Campaign Comes to Annapolis

 
by Terry Cavanagh

 

This month legislation will be introduced in Annapolis that would gradually raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by July 1, 2023. Hundreds of thousands of our sisters and brothers throughout Maryland, including many thousands of working Baltimoreans would benefit. It would allow them to better provide for their families and themselves and free them from reliance on public assistance.

Please join other members of the St. Ignatius Community on Monday, January 15 at 5 PM in Annapolis to urge Maryland legislators to pass this much-needed legislation. (Click here for details about campaign launch). The Justice & Peace Committee has joined the Raise Maryland Coalition in support of the campaign. (download event flyer)

Recently, Montgomery County became the most recent jurisdiction to pass Fight For $15 (FF$15), joining Washington, DC, California, New York, and many cities and counties which have adopted FF$15 since the campaign began. In March, 2017 Baltimore’s City Council passed FF$15, though it was vetoed by Mayor Pugh. Pugh, who supported the bill as a candidate, has agreed to champion a statewide bill.

Surely, there is significant opposition to the Campaign, including by some well-intentioned people. A study indicating negative impact of the Seattle FF$15 was conducted by the University of Washington. It has been refuted. [the following links are stories about Seattle law: Seattle’s Higher Minimum Wage is Actually Working Just Fine; No, Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Is Not Hurting Workers.)

In our city, throughout our state, and across our country too many people work for too little. The FF$15 campaign does not remedy growing economic disparities, but it does commit us to move forward.

We invite you to join the campaign.

For more information about FF$15 and the Campaign Launch in Annapolis on January 15, including transportation from St. Ignatius, please contact Terry Cavanagh, Economic Justice Subcommittee Chair, at 202-368-4814 or tcavanagh@seiumddc.org. 

 
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