Progressive Maryland and Allies Hold Vigil for Minimum Wage Increase in MoCo Tuesday

Progressive Maryland rallies activists Tuesday (Nov. 29) for finishing the job on raising Montgomery County's minimum wage to $15 per hour -- Fight for Fifteen!

NEWS for Immediate Release Nov. 28, 2016

Contact: Justin Vest (Justin@progressivemaryland.org)

or Larry Stafford (larry@progressivemaryland.org)

 SILVER SPRING -- Local officials and activists will gather tomorrow (Tues., Nov. 29) outside county government offices in Rockville to stand up for Montgomery County’s low-paid workers and push for a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour for all, including tipped, workers.

The vigil, at 6:30 p.m., is part of a national day of action for low-paid workers on the fourth anniversary of the first worker strike for a minimum wage above the federal $7.25/hr. Progressive Maryland is spearheading the local Fight For Fifteen coalition’s efforts in Montgomery and throughout the state.

Sen. Richard Madaleno, Del. Jeff Waldstreicher and council members Mark Elrich, George Leventhal and Hans Reimer are confirmed to attend the vigil; faith leaders, workers, and other elected officials are among speakers.

After the election of Donald Trump,” said Progressive Maryland organizer Justin Vest, “it's even more important that we continue that fight right here in Montgomery County. 

“We are opposed to any efforts by the new administration to block wage increases, gut workers' rights, deport immigrants, or support racism or racist policies. And we're calling on local elected officials to take bold action to resist Trump's repressive policy agenda.

“On November 29th, we're holding a solidarity vigil to:

  • Stand with working families and all oppressed people
  • Call for swift action by county officials to pass a $15 minimum wage for all residents

We won't back down.”

The vigil is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the council office building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850