Dozens of Montgomery County political, labor and community allies gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate the start of Montgomery County’s new minimum wage, which went into effect on October 1. While congratulating the assembled leaders and groups, Metro Washington Council president Jos Williams (at left) insisted that “Our work is not done.”
“"No one who works full time should have to live in poverty," said Jews United for Justice’s Katie Ashmore. The group, which came together earlier this year to support the regional effort to raise the minimum wage, convened at the National Labor College in Silver Spring to raise awareness about the new increases while emphasizing that "we have more work to do", including pushing for higher increases, indexing the wages to inflation and including workers who are currently not covered by the new legislation, such as tipped workers.
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