For Immediate Release
Fight for $15 Responds to Passage of $15 in Maryland
WASHINGTON - In response to the passage of a $15 minimum wage in Maryland today, the Fight for $15 released the following statement:
"More than six years ago, when we stood up and went on strike for $15 an hour and a union, our demands were dismissed. But we kept marching and we kept fighting, forcing the country to see that we simply could not survive on $7.25. Today, Maryland is the sixth state to pass a $15 minimum wage -- and the third in under two months. Nearly 30 percent of U.S. workers are now covered by a $15 minimum wage. It's clear $15 an hour is the minimum any worker, anywhere, needs to get by, and we'll keep standing up and fighting for $15 and union rights until we win everywhere."
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