“It’s gonna be a fight,” said Ricarra Jones, political organizer for 1199 SEIU, but she’s hopeful, saying this legislative “session is off to a great start for workers.” Following the lead of Montgomery County and the District of Columbia, a statewide living wage would raise pay for over half a million workers and strengthen the 35% of Maryland households who struggle to afford basic necessities.
All Democratic candidates for governor have expressed support for the $15 minimum wage.
On today’s labor calendar, the Metro Washington Council meets tonight at 6:30pm at the AFL-CIO; for details and the latest labor events, go to dclabor.org, and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1826, Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California.
Today’s labor quote is by Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor, born on this date in 1849.
Terence V. Powderly, who said:
“Give men shorter hours in which to labor, and you give them more time to study and learn why bread is so scarce while wheat is so plenty.”
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