Justin Vest, Lead Organizer for Progressive Maryland, said the study "isn't worth the paper it’s printed on," saying that "Instead of engaging economists or policy experts, County Executive Leggett hired a consulting firm that helps public employers cut costs to tell us all that the sky will fall if Montgomery County gradually raises pay for working people."
Vest urged Montgomery County Council members to "disregard this sham study as they debate the merits of a $15 minimum wage."
On today's labor calendar, catch a free screening of "The Journey of Natty Gann" tonight starting at 6 pm at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets, part of the monthly Bread and Roses series. In this masterful adventure movie, a courageous young girl confronts overwhelming odds when she embarks on a cross-country search for her father during the Depression.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1914, the Panama Canal opened after 33 years of construction and an estimated 22,000 worker deaths, mostly caused by malaria and yellow fever. The 51-mile canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Today’s labor quote is by Will Rogers, who said
“Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can't buy enough to eat.”
Populist social commentator Will Rogers died in a plane crash on this date in 1935.
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