|original artwork by Zoe Cohen|
In June 2013, Maryland JUFJ activists voted to join the Raise Maryland coalition, working to increase Maryland’s minimum wage and fight economic inequality.
Tens of thousands of workers in Maryland – mostly women and people of color – struggle to make ends meet on minimum wage earnings. Next spring, a bill will be introduced in Maryland’s General Assembly that would gradually raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour and index these wages to keep pace with inflation. JUFJ aims to marshall the power of the Jewish community in support of this bill. On September 22nd we gathered at Ohr Kodesh to learn, plan and get to know each other. Check out photos from the event .
On October 1st, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a resolution voicing support for raising Maryland's minimum wage. Katie MCed a press conference about the resolution!
Then, on November 26th, the MoCo Council voted 8-1 to raise the county's minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017, as part of an unprecedented regional effort with Prince George's County and Washington D.C.! (Councilmember Phil Andrews was the lone no vote). Take a minute to thank all the councilmembers who voted for this bill.
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