“Before I joined a union, I was earning $10 an hour,” SEIU 32BJ José Ventura testified Tuesday night at a Montgomery County Council hearing on raising the county’s minimum wage. “I could not get a raise, no matter how hard I worked. Life was very hard." Ventura lives in Silver Spring and cleans offices in Friendship Heights. Like Ventura, most of the speakers supported Council member Marc Elrich’s new version of a bill to raise the minimum wage in Montgomery County. Fight for $15 coalition members are urging County Council members to pass a strong bill excluding training wage amendments and any expansion of the existing “opportunity wage” for young workers. The coalition is looking for a sixth vote to give them a veto-proof majority; County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed the previous bill.
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