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D.C. City Council considers minimum wage increase

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

Washington, District Of Columbia

Approximately a month after Mayor Vincent Gray (D) vetoed the District's "living wage" bill, the City Council has taken up new efforts to increase the the minimum wage across the board for all workers in the District of Columbia.  After the failure to increase the minimum wage for large retailers, such as Walmart, by 50% through the "living wage" bill, a large portion of the City Council has set their sights on an overall increase in the city's minimum wage with proposals that would take the current $8.50 minimum wage to anywhere beteen $10.55 to $12.50 per hour.

The four proposals being discussed by the Council were all presented at an October 28 hearing, and it is expected that the Council could move quickly to adopt one of the proposals.  Mayor Gray, for his part, is calling on the Council to slow the process down a bit, and is calling for four-month study to be conducted.  Along with the Council's interest in increasing the minimum wage for the District of Columbia, the hearing also highlighted a possible effort to develop a regional minimum wage.  This effort is being spearheaded by various advocates in the District and in the Maryland suburbs.

MD|DC CUA will be closely monitoring the minimum wage discussion in the DC City Council, and will keep credit unions informed of any developments.  In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding this or any other advocacy issue, please contact Ricardo Pineres (rpineres@mddccua.org).