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Fight for $15 Minimum Wage Rally in Rockville (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Dozens gathered at the Montgomery County Council Building on Tuesday to rally for the passage of a $15-an-hour minimum wage bill.

“It is important that we raise the wage to an $15 an hour minimum,” said Montgomery County Resident Ben Shedlin. “It will help people a lot more because raises go up to slowly and it’s not enough to keep up with the cost of living that increases all the time outrageously.”

Supporters and activists held signs reading “Fight for 15” and those in attendance heard various testimonies from residents who are barely making ends meet because of low wages.

“It’s very important to remind people that the cost of living in Montgomery County is extraordinarily high,” said Montgomery Councilmember Nancy Navarro. “Just recently there was a study with major jurisdictions around our region and this is the one county where poverty has gone up for women.”

“I’m a strong believer in raising the minimum wage,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich. “I think that if a person is working for a living they ought to make enough money to live on.”

This rally comes just one week before the Council will vote on whether to raise the minimum wage for the County’s lowest income workers to $15 by 2020.fightfor15coalitionrallyelrichspeaks-11-29-16

Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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