Organizers say striking workers shut down some fast-food businesses at a federal office building in Washington as well as the McDonald’s at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
Small business owners support raising the federal minimum wage because they believe it will help the economy and, in turn, enable small companies to hire more workers.
A Maryland Senate panel has voted against raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015.
A D.C. Council committee is considering a controversial bill that would require big box stores to pay workers more than smaller businesses in the District.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned minimum wage increases during a Senate hearing, and cited a study that suggests the federal minimum wage should be standing at $22 an hour.
A Maryland state Senate panel is expected to vote on a measure that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2015.
Maryland’s minimum wage earners say they need a raise and some state lawmakers agree.
President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and boost it annually to keep pace with inflation is already getting a trial run. Ten states make similar cost-of-living adjustments, including Washington state, where workers earn at least $9.19 an hour, the highest minimum in the country.
On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address, during which he called for a raise in the federal minimum wage, restaurant workers met on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to push for a raise in the tipped workers minimum wage.
Supporters of increasing Maryland’s minimum wage want to raise it from $7.25 to $10 an hour by 2015.
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