For Immediate Release
DC Council Votes to Approve $15 Minimum Wage Proposal
Mayor and Councilmembers credit DC for $15 campaign with spurring their action. $15 minimum wage will raise wages for 127,000 workers in DC according to Mayor Bowser
WASHINGTON - Delvone Michael, Executive Director of DC Working Families and co-chair of DC for $15, issued the following statement today in response to the DC Council’s vote to approve the Mayor’s Fair Shot Minimum Wage bill.
“It wasn't long ago that raising DC's minimum wage to $15 seemed like a pipe dream. But when the people speak up, leaders listen. Because of dedicated grassroots organizing and a bold campaign willing to take the issue directly to the people, we're seeing results.
Today, the District of Columbia is on a path to raise wages for 127,000 workers, and also double the base minimum wage for tipped workers.
This represents a huge step forward, and we're thrilled to see it happen. But it's not enough. Washington, DC is a city awash in wealth, but still one where too many working people are struggling to keep their heads above water and care for their families.
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Today's action proves that change is possible. We remain committed to using every tool available to build power for working people and ensure that DC a city that works for all working families.
A $15 minimum wage is a real win for workers and we remain dedicated to help making sure tipped workers earn the full minimum wage.
Raising wages for families struggling to make ends meet is critical to making sure that DC and our economy works for us, not just the rich and powerful. We can’t stop there which is why we must fight for a broad agenda that advances the interests of families and that means fighting for issue such as paid family leave and fair scheduling.”
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