BFMW In the News

Baltimore Sun: Businesses balk at Baltimore's minimum wage bill

By Lorraine Mirabella
The Baltimore Sun, March 21, 2017

Some businesses applauded the council's move, saying it would help businesses, neighborhood and the economy as workers have more money to spend throughout the city.
"We've found that when you invest in your employees, they invest in your business," said Andrew Buerger, owner of yogurt drink maker B'More Organic...

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore City Council moves toward passing $15 minimum wage bill

By Luke Broadwater
The Baltimore Sun, March 6, 2017

Baltimore's City Council, pushed by a group of freshmen members seeking dramatic changes, gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. ..."Today is a day I've waited for a long time," Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said after the 12-3 vote. ...

But some area businesses backed the idea. Josh Keogh, the co-owner of Baltimore Bicycle Works, called paying a "fair wage" a "great investment" for his company.

Sinclair Broadcasting Group: Fight for more training, not $15 minimum wage, business group says

By Stephen Loiaconi
Sinclair Broadcasting Group, March 3, 2017

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — ... The Baltimore City Council advanced a bill this week that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. It could get a vote by the full council next week. ... One group supporting the Baltimore measure is Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a network of business owners and executives who say higher wages lead to lower employee turnover, higher productivity and more customer satisfaction. ...
Holly Sklar, the organization’s CEO, said the experience of communities that have raised their minimum wages does not bear out predictions of job losses and shuttered storefronts.

CFO: Holly Sklar: Raising the Minimum Wage Makes Economic Sense

Op-Ed By Holly Sklar, CEO, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage

Businesses depend on customers who can afford to buy what they are selling. When millions of workers can’t make ends meet because their wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living, it hurts business and it hurts the economy. ... A higher minimum wage makes good economic sense in other ways too. ...

Daily Beast: Mayor Bill de Blasio: As Puzder Pushes Radical Ideas, NYC Models the Right Way to Treat Workers

When working people make more money, they spend that money—and businesses hire more working people to meet increased demand

By Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
The Daily Beast, February 15, 2017

Families across America are struggling to make ends meet. Many workers cannot survive without two or even three jobs. Meanwhile, CEOs are taking home sickening amounts of money. It’s happening all over, but if you want especially egregious examples, look no further than the fast-food industry.

Fox 43 (PA): Dauphin Co. lawmaker proposes $15 minimum wage by 2023

By Matt Maisel
Fox 43 (PA), January 24, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Fighting to raise the minimum wage [currently $7.25] is a battle state representative Patty Kim has lost for the last few years. ... With new leadership in 2017, Rep. Kim is hoping this legislative session brings an open look into bringing Pennsylvania's first wage hike since 2009. ...