"For low-wage workers, an increase in the minimum wage to $15 does not mean luxury; but it will mean a stride forward on the path towards earning a family sustaining income," Mr. Contreras said. "Opponents of this bill will say that raising the minimum wage will cost too much. But we know that it is poverty level wages that cost too much."
"We have concerns that corporate lobbyists will continue to try to weaken the bill," said Jaime Contreras, local vice president of the Service Employees International Union. "Working families should always come first for the District, especially given that businesses will assuredly continue to thrive in the District's strong and growing economy."