Fight for Fifteen Press Conference 2019

In 2019, UULM-MD is supporting the "Fight for Fifteen" to further increase the state minimum wage. The legislation will:

  • provide a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2023 with increases indexed to the cost of living beginning in 2023,
  • allow local governments to provide minimum wages in excess of the proposed state minimum wage,
  • remove exceptions for young workers,
  • provide increases in the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 by 2026, and
  • provide increased funding for community service providers to accommodate the minimum wage increase. 

 Why We Fight For $15 

A $15 minimum wage means a better Maryland for all of us: 

  • Raising the minimum wage to $15 for all workers will benefit over 700,000 households in Maryland 
  • A $15 minimum wage would benefit hundreds of thousands of kids. Over 300,000 children have at least one parent that would be affected by a $15 minimum wage in Maryland. 
  • Raising the wage won’t hurt the economy: it will grow it! The most rigorous research shows minimum wage increases do not reduce employment. In Seattle, the first major city to adopt a $15 minimum wage, the region’s unemployment rate hit an eight-year low. 
  • For small businesses, raising the wage will bring in new customers, raising businesses’ bottom lines and increasing profits. 

See the Maryland Fight for $15 coalition at http://ff15maryland.org/.