Washington, DC

canvasser
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

“Dear PoPville,

A few days ago I signed the “DC for $15” campaign’s petition to raise the DC minimum wage to $15/hour. Today I saw another canvasser for the cause and asked him if he was getting paid at least $15 hourly for his work. Nope. Minimum wage, he said. What’s wrong with this picture?

Glassdoor indicates the average DC canvasser annual salary is $22,590, which comes out well below $15/hour. I didn’t do further canvasser canvassing, but it seems plausible that these folks are getting paid less that $15/hour; I don’t know if there are any incentives on top of the base pay.

Here’s the page for the initiative; looks like it’s sponsored by Working Families.”

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