Phil speaking before the signing of the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013. Photo courtesy of Lateef Mangum.
Happy new year, Mendo Post viewers!
We here at Team Mendo hope your 2014 is off to a great start. I know you have all been anxiously awaiting the first Mendo Post entry of the new year and I’m pleased to announce that we are starting the year off strong with a post dedicated to yesterday’s signing of B20-459, the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013!
Phil giving remarks about the importance of the bill while the Mayor saves some seats. Photo courtest of Lateef Mangum.
What exactly does this bill do? Well, the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 raises the District’s minimum wage from its current rate of $8.25 an hour to $11.50 an hour over the course of two years, beginning with the first raise to $9.50 on July 1 of this year and rising one dollar each year after. Starting July 1, 2017, the wage will rise according to changes to the regional Consumer Price Index.
You may be surprised to learn but this bill was actually part of a regional effort with our neighbors in Maryland. Officials in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties have also passed their own bills raising their respective minimum wages similar to District levels for a regional minimum wage. Surely a great story of interjurisdictional cooperation that is certain to warm the heart!
Phil signing the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013. Yes, he does get to go first! Photo courtesy of Lateef Mangum.
Yesterday morning, Phil and the Mayor signed the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 in front of throngs of supporters from all over the District who helped make this bill a reality.
Mayor Gray signs the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 while Phil makes sure he crosses his T’s and dots his I’s. Photo courtesy of Lateef Mangum.
A higher wage for workers in the region? A great start to 2014, indeed!
Make sure to stay tuned for more updates throughout the year!