Progressive Maryland staff and supporters joined in a strike picket April 9 called by SEIU 1199′s union caregivers at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, currently in intense contract talks to win fair wages. Right now, many caregivers at Hopkins make less than $11.47 an hour – that’s the poverty level for a family of four. Many are forced to rely on food stamps and Medicaid. Unfortunately, the current Hopkins contract offer is so meager many workers would have to continue relying on public assistance. Hopkins is America’s #1 hospital. Surely it can afford to pay fair wages for every worker. See photo below, with PM Canvass Director LaTonya King, center. Read More.
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“Peace and Justice through the Generations: Passing the Torch for a Better World.”
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As the gavel fell, confetti rained down, and balloons soared last night at 11:59pm, ending the historic 2014 General Assembly in Annapolis, my thoughts were on the real winners this session. Nearly 500,000 low wage workers will receive a much deserved pay raise as the minimum wage bill, HB 295, is implemented over the next few years. While the final bill that passed was imperfect, it’s an important step forward for families across our great state.
There are so many people to thank for their support this session: our champion legislators who stood up to the powerful business lobby, the brave low-wage workers who shared their time and life experiences with legislators, and of course, YOU! I want to thank all of you for your many contributions to this work — the time you take to read Progressive Maryland’s updates on our issues, your calls and emails to legislators, your financial support, participation at events, and so much more. Your ongoing help is vital and makes all the difference. Check back soon for our deeper analysis on how working families fared this session.