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$15/hr Opposition Campaign “Shut Up & Work Faster” Launches

PORTLAND, ME — The campaign against the Living Wage ordinance appearing on Portland ballots this Nov 3rd has begun.

Business owners have raised over $100,000 to defeat a local referendum that would lift workers out of poverty by raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019.

CEO of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Chris Hall, said the group mobilized in response to polling showing popular support for Question 1.

“Economic justice issues have a tendency to stay ahead in the polls unless we can sufficiently confuse workers and get them to vote against their own interests,” Hall said after a news conference Wednesday morning outside of Becky’s Diner on Commercial Street.

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