One Fair Wage

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In 2018, DC residents voted to remove the tipped minimum wage, which would force service employers to cough up more of their profits to pay their workers a living wage. Despite passing in all eight wards of DC, a majority of DC councilmembers caved to pressure from food-chain conglomerates and industry groups to overturn the ballot initiative. These articles chronicle that saga, and include additional articles on fair wage policy and politics.
Bill Mosley
May 2021
Heather McGhee's new book reminds us that racial division is a vital component of capitalist exploitation.
Gary zZz
November 2020
Making sense of DC's local political campaigns, which are continuing on in the shadow of what is shaping up to be a tumultuous general election.
Bill Mosley
November 2018
The progressive faction on the council has largely pursued policies to benefit the majority of DC residents, but Reeder’s rise shows they have not made necessary connections with the District’s lower-income minority communities.
Bill Mosley
October 2018
The Council’s threat to overturn the expressed will of the voters rises to more than policy disagreement: it is nothing less than contempt for the voters who put them in office.
Adam Stromme
September 2018
Employer lobbying groups continue to masquerade under the guise of defending worker’s rights.
Woody Woodruff
April 2017
In this year before the 2018 gubernatorial election -- when Maryland Democrats will pull out all the stops to oust Republican Governor Larry Hogan -- legislation and progressive activism are showing many convergences.
Austin Kendall
February 2017
DSA discussed the Fight for 15 in Maryland, and many were interested in contacting Montgomery County's County Executive Ike Leggett to tell him not to veto the County Council's bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.