Thousands of Maryland workers work full-time but don’t earn enough to make ends meet. Thanks to the tireless work of the Fight for $15 Maryland Coalition and advocates, during the 2019 General Assembly session, the Maryland legislature put working families first and passed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage from $9.25 to $15 by 2025 for companies with more than 15 employees, with all employees reaching $15 by 2026. Maryland is now the sixth state in the United States to win the Fight for $15.
Hundreds of thousands of workers will get a raise in 2019 with the minimum wage increasing to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020. A $15 minimum wage means a better Maryland for all of us. This legislation will lift thousands of families out of poverty, create new customers and profits for local businesses, and strengthen our neighborhoods.
Thank you for your support for Maryland workers!
Why We Fought For $15
A $15 minimum wage means a better Maryland for all of us:
- The Fight for $15 bill will increase wages for close to 600,000 workers in Maryland.
- Approximately 23,000 of our nation’s heroes will get a raise.
- Half of the workers who will benefit from this raise are women and people of color, helping to narrow the gender and racial pay gap.
- The $15 minimum wage will help hundreds of thousands of kids. Over 273,000 children will benefit from this bill, which will lead to additional resources in their households.
- The Maryland economy will grow! Raising the minimum wage will circulate $2.6 billion in the Maryland economy through increased consumer spending.
- Maryland’s job market will grow! Raising wages increases consumer spending, which increases job creation! When Maryland increased the minimum wage between 2012-2018, the state added 116,000 jobs and unemployment decreased.
Thank you for your help in ensuring workers in Maryland have wages that cover basic living costs and lead them on a path of self-sufficiency.
The fight to raise wages continues as we advocate for higher wages for certain groups excluded from the recent legislation such as tipped workers, agricultural workers and seasonal or commission-based workers. We need your help!
ABOUT THE FIGHT FOR $15 Maryland Coalition
The coalition is made up of labor unions, community groups and religious groups all working to make life better for workers and their families.
The Fight for $15 movement works in more than 300 cities across the country and 60 countries across six continents. The campaign has paid off in California and New York State as well as cities like Seattle, where a $15 minimum wage has been enacted. More than 17 million workers across the country have already gotten raises.
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