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Rallying for raises

Cannery workers, bartenders in hole-in-the-wall taverns, employees of movie and drive-in theaters, oldsters who work less than 25 hours a week … know what they’ve got in common?

All are exempt from Maryland’s minimum wage laws.

An organization called Raise Maryland is rallying in Annapolis this morning to launch a campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10. But a surprising number of people aren’t covered by it anyway. That includes kids under 16 who work less than 20 hours a week. And people who work for organized camps, which probably means you won’t make your fortune as a counselor this summer.

Then there’s a whole category of workers who are subject to minimum wage but not to the overtime provisions (time-and-a-half for 40-plus hours a week): gas station employees; people who work at “a bona fide private country club” (goodness, wonder how that one slipped in there?); those who operate a “musical pavilion”; used-car salesmen (must be a strong dealers’ lobby in Annapolis) and cab drivers.

Don’t even get me started on “employees of bowling establishments.”