13 D.C. businesses commit to raising employee wages

On Tuesday, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells was joined by business owners as well as labor and social justice advocates in support of his “Living Wage for All DC” legislation.

The press conference was held at the DC Brau Brewing Company, where owners Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock showed their support by announcing that they would increase their employees' salaries to $10.25 an hour -- starting this month.

Thirteen other D.C. businesses also joined the commitment to raising employee wages, including: BicycleSpace, Inspire BBQ, The Pug, Union Kitchen, Blind Dog Café, Toscana Café, Al Tiramisu, Bike Rack, Big Bear, Chocolate City Brewing, Right Proper Brewing, Law Office of C. Thomas Chartered, and 3 Stars Brewing.

"The 'Living Wage for All' legislation provides D.C.'s working families and our small businesses with the economic stability and financial support they need for success," said Tommy Wells.

"We greatly appreciate Councilmember Wells' introduction of the Living Wage for All Act. The bill helps open a broad discussion of a much-needed increase to the minimum wage, while also speaking to the need for District residents, especially at lower income levels, to keep more of the money they earn," said Marina Streznewski, Executive Director of the D.C. Jobs Council.