Maryland

Contact:  Karen Spradlin
Faith Organizer
Let Justice Roll
Springfield, VA 
Phone: 405-213-3282
Director
Disciples Justice Action Network
Board Member, Let Justice Roll
Coordinator, Disciples Center for Public Witness
Annapolis, MD 
Phone: 410-212-7964

Take Action to Raise Maryland Minimum Wage

Mar 29 2011
Support the Raise Maryland campaign to gradually raise Maryland's state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.75 by 2013. The current Maryland minimum wage means only $15,000 a year for a full-time child care worker, health aide, security guard or other minimum wage worker, which is not enough to live on.

Maryland Faith Leaders Letter

Dear Senators and Delegates:

As leaders in our faith communities, we call on the Maryland General Assembly to raise the state minimum wage and thereby foster economic recovery for our families, our communities and our state.

Showing America's servers some love for Valentine's Day

Op-ed by By Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) and Saru Jayaraman, co-founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
The Hill, Feb 13 2012
Last year, restaurants welcomed and served more than 70 million Americans celebrating Valentine’s Day, the nation’s second most popular holiday for the industry. Unfortunately, under the federal minimum wage for tipped employers, millions of restaurant workers, including waitresses and servers, are only making $2.13 per hour, a mere $4,430 per year.

CEOs to Workers: More for me, less for you

Op-ed by Holly Sklar
McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Jul 22 2011

Big company CEOs got a 23 percent raise last year and corporate profits are at record highs. But the minimum wage has less buying power now than in 1956 – the year Elvis Presley first topped the charts, videotape was breakthrough technology and the Dow closed above 500 for the very first time.

Bills could increase wages for local tipped workers

By Andrew Damstedt
The Sentinel (Maryland), Mar 16 2011
A job creator or a job killer is the debate circling two bills that would raise the minimum wage.

A bill backed by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Fort Washington, in Congress would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, while a bill facing debate in Annapolis would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees and the regular minimum wage.

The bill before the General Assembly would increase Maryland’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour by 2013. Tipped employees would see their minimum wage rise to $6.19 in July from $3.63.

Maryland Minimum Wage Bill Summary

Raise Maryland, Mar 4 2011

Background

Maryland’s minimum wage is currently just $7.25 per hour, or roughly $15,000 per year for a full-time worker.

For tipped workers, like waitresses, carwash attendants and nail salon workers, the minimum wage is even lower – just 50 percent of the full minimum wage, or $3.63 per hour.  

Seventeen states – and the neighboring District of Columbia – have minimum wages that are higher than $7.25 per hour.

Raising the standard

Editorial 
Baltimore Sun, Jan 20 2011

Our view: Maryland deserves a minimum wage law that lifts families out of poverty and provides a meaningful economic boost to all

Video: Raise Maryland Minimum Wage Campaign Launch

Jan 18 2011
Watch Raise Maryland Campaign Launch Video

Speakers include Let Justice Roll Board Member Rev. Dr. Ken Booker Langston.
Press Conference Excerpts.
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