Posted by Elissa Silverman on January 20, 2016 at 6:07 PM
Strong workforce programs are critical not only for the District's young people to lead healthy, productive lives but also for the health and welfare of our city. Today I introduced the SYEP Wages Amendment to make sure that participants who are in the new 22-24 year old group of the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program are paid at least D.C.’s minimum wage, which is $10.50 right now but will rise to $11.50 during this year’s SYEP program on July 1, 2016.
I was surprised to learn that this wasn’t already the case and that the D.C. government was paying only $9.25 an hour, which is less for these young adults than what we require of private sector employers. I think that participants aged 22 or older are clearly adults and shouldn’t be paid $1.25 or $2.25 less than D.C.’s minimum wage. They need to be able to earn at least the same minimum wage that every other adult employed in the District earns.
Thank you to Committee Chairman Vincent Orange and my committee colleagues, Councilmembers Charles Allen, Brianne Nadeau, and Brandon Todd for voting unanimously in favor of adopting my amendment.Read more