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City Spotlight: Washington DC

By Kelly Ross

On Tuesday, June 21 workers in Washington, D.C. celebrated a monumental victory when lawmakers gave final approval for a $15 minimum wage. A unanimous vote by the D.C. Council puts the city on track to raise the minimum wage from $10.50 an hour to $15 by 2020 in hopes to improve living conditions for the city’s working poor.

Washington D.C. is not the first city to champion a minimum wage increase and hopefully won’t be the last. Earlier this year Los Angeles and New York also made the decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, joining the likes of Seattle and San Francisco who were at the forefront of raising the wage in 2014 and 2015.

A resolve to increase the minimum wage means more and more working class people have the opportunity to lift themselves up out of poverty. The new legislation is estimated to raise wages for some 70,000 janitors, dishwashers, parking attendants, and other low wage workers.

No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty and Labor411 is so proud to be in Washington, D.C. a union city that is behind its workers and a living wage.

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