The Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business have requested that Governor Hogan suspend the hard-fought minimum wage increases this year. This proposal would take money out of the pockets of essential workers, who are currently risking their lives to protect and care for us during this pandemic.
The minimum wage increase is more important than ever. The Board of Public Works must NOT pull the rug out from underneath the thousands of Maryland’s working families who have been putting their health on the line during this pandemic.
We, the members of the Fight for $15 Maryland Coalition, call on the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) to immediately agree to uphold the rights of workers to a fair minimum wage and to deny the attempt to “temporarily suspend” the annual increase scheduled for workers in 2021 under Maryland’s Minimum Wage Law.
The Board of Public Works (BPW) consists of three members: Governor Larry Hogan, Jr., Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
ACTION: Sign the petition to contact the Board of Public Works, and ask them to commit to honoring Maryland workers by giving them the minimum wage increase they deserve.
- In early 2019, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Hogan’s veto to enact into law an eventual $15 minimum wage for hundreds of thousands of Maryland’s working families. The Fight for $15 Maryland Coalition, a broad coalition of community, social and economic justice nonprofits and leaders, advocated for the law and sought even stronger and more inclusive protections for all workers.
- Currently, the hourly minimum wage is $11. In January of 2021, the minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $11.75 per hour for workers at businesses with 15 or more workers and to $11.60 per hour at businesses with fewer than 15 employees.
- A provision was inserted into the 2019 minimum wage law that allows the Maryland Board of Public Works to “temporarily suspend” an increase in the minimum wage if employment decreases during the prior six-month period. Employment is clearly declining due to the Coronavirus and state public health orders to shelter-at-home.