VICTORY: Washington DC Raises Minimum Wage to $15

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In a historic moment, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law new legislation that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 and hour by 2020.

The plan is to increase the current minimum wage, which is $10.50 an hour, to $11.50 an hour next month. The wage will increase incrementally until reaching $15 an hour by 2020. Tipped workers will have their minimum wage increase from $2.77 an hour to $5 an hour.

However, there is still debate as to whether $15 an hour will really be a livable wage for those working and living in Washington DC, let alone in 2020. $15 an hour translates to just over $31,000 a year for a worker with a 40 hour work week. According to U.S. Uncut, the livable wage for one adult in D.C. nowadays is nearly that already, at $14.49. This doesn’t even come close the single parents, whose living wage is around $30 an hour, or two adults with one child, which is about $17 an hour.

Several other cities have passed minimum wage laws, promising to have a minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2020 or 2021. Boston is also close to passing legislation, with Mayor Marty Walsh supporting the $15 an hour movement.

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Alexandra Jacobo is a dedicated progressive writer, activist, and mother with a deep-rooted passion for social justice and political engagement. Her journey into political activism began in 2011 at Zuccotti Park, where she supported the Occupy movement by distributing blankets to occupiers, marking the start of her earnest commitment to progressive causes. Driven by a desire to educate and inspire, Alexandra focuses her writing on a range of progressive issues, aiming to foster positive change both domestically and internationally. Her work is characterized by a strong commitment to community empowerment and a belief in the power of informed public action. As a mother, Alexandra brings a unique and personal perspective to her activism, understanding the importance of shaping a better world for future generations. Her writing not only highlights the challenges we face but also champions the potential for collective action to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

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