DC Regional Minimum Wage Moves Forward

Montgomery Co. council votes to raise minimum wage

ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Council has voted to establish a county minimum wage and raise that hourly rate to $11.50 by 2017.

The 8-1 vote Tuesday night followed hours of tense debate, but County Executive Ike Leggett says he will sign the measure into law.

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Prince George’s County voted on Wednesday to join Montgomery County in dramatically raising the minimum wage, approving a measure that would increase the hourly rate to $11.50 by 2017 from the current $7.25.

The vote was part of a pact between officials from Maryland’s two most populous counties and the District, which is set to vote on a similar proposal Dec. 3. District officials were closely watching the votes in Montgomery and Prince George’s, which they said would help them to raise the city’s rate as well.


Big Box Living Wage Ordinance Advances in D.C.

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‘Large retailer’ living-wage bill is moving forward in D. C.

Posted by Mike DeBonis on March 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Washington Post

“Big box” stores like a Lowe’s planned for Northeast are targeted by Council Chairman PhilMendelson’s bill

A D.C. Council bill that would require the city’s largest retailers — including Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot and others — to pay higher wages is showing signs of life.  The “Large Retailer Accountability Act,” introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) in January,  will get a hearing next Wednesday before the council’s Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs committee.

The bill would require “large retailers” — defined as businesses operating an indoor store of at  least 75,000 square feet and whose corporate parent has sales of at least $1 billion — to pay  wages no lower than $11.75 per hour plus, benefits. That “living wage” would be indexed to the  local consumer price index every year.


WalMart organizes opposition to big box ordinance: