Progressive Maryland, OUR DC disrupt Wheaton Plaza McDonalds
Silver Spring, Md., December 5, 2013 – On “National Day of Action for Higher Pay” Progressive Maryland (PM) stood in solidarity with striking fast-food workers, defending their right to protest unfair pay and conditions without fear or intimidation. Over 50 protesters, including PM staff and members, marched into the Wheaton Plaza McDonalds chanting “Hey, hey, hey, raise our pay” and singing songs with creative lyrics to dramatize their plea. Read more and see photos!
Below: Progressive Maryland staff and members join OUR DC at Wheaton Plaza McDonalds on National Fast Food Action Day. Also see more Maryland action photos by Stephen Melkisethian.
DC Council OK’s Minimum Wage Hike With CPI Indexing: The DC City Council yesterday unanimously approved legislation that would raise the minimum wage in the District to $11.50 by 2016, one year earlier than Montgomery and Prince George’s counties (DC, MontCo and PG Vote to Raise Minimum Wage 12/1 UC). The DC bill also includes indexing the minimum wage to the CPI, which was stripped out of the MontCo and PG bills, though Council Chairman Phil Mendelson credited the Montgomery and Prince George’s Councils for leading the way on the issue. Councilmember Tommy Wells said that local activists had been “relentless” in their quest for the wage hike. “Sure it’s a victory,” said Metro Washington Council president Joslyn Williams, “but today is just the first step. We have to keep fighting not just for a raise in the minimum wage, but a living wage for all those in this city!” In another win, the Council also approved a bill extending Paid Sick Days to restaurant employees. Final votes on the bills are scheduled for December 17. photo courtesy DC-EJC. Read more
|NEWS RELEASE FROM PROGRESSIVE MARYLANDToday Progressive maryland helped make history in Montgomery County, where a few hours ago a bill passed to increase the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017. Thanks so very much for all your advocacy in support of this bill. You made hundreds of emails and calls in the Council over the past few weeks and there’s no doubt that it made all the difference. There’s much more to celebrate this Thanksgiving! Read our full news release.|
PM’s Kate Planco Waybright (third from left) organized a group of grassroots leaders to meet with Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8, center) November 14 at the Longworth House Office Building. In our meeting we emphasized that our country’s budget must create an economy that works for all of us. Let’s stop the sequester and fund vital services for American families, raise revenues by closing tax loopholes and prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
PM Releases Poll: Most Md. Voters want higher minimum wage, combined reporting and no cut to corporate taxesNov 12 2013
Silver Spring, Md., Nov. 12, 2013 - Progressive Maryland today released results of a new poll of Maryland likely voters that found 83 percent favor increasing Maryland’s minimum wage from 7.25 to 10.10 per hour over the next two years.1 The three-question poll also found 57 percent of respondents oppose reducing Maryland’s corporate tax rate with only 38 percent wanting to cut it,2 and 70 percent want the General Assembly to encode “combined reporting” into Maryland’s corporate tax law.3 “An overwhelming majority of Marylanders are demanding lawmakers raise the minimum wage to a more livable level for working families,” said Kate Planco Waybright, executive director of Progressive Maryland… [See the full release.]