October 13, 2016

Raising minimum wage added to voter ballot next year

Cuyahoga County’s Board of Elections has approved a higher minimum wage to appear on the ballot in May 2017.

This issue was going to appear on this November’s ballot, but Raise Up Cleveland, a group that seeks to eliminate poverty from Cleveland, according to their website, missed the Sept. 9, 2016 or 60 days before the election deadline,  according an article by Leila Atassi on Cleveland.com.

The agreement made by City Council was to phase in a $15 minimum wage over time. The phase-in would start with a $12 minimum wage starting in January 2018 with a $1 increase over three years. Cuyahoga County would be the only county in Ohio to have a minimum wage higher than $8.10.

This increase of the minimum wage would not affect Cleveland State University as much as one would think, according to Jesse Drucker, chief human resources officer at CSU.

“The university currently has a small number of staff whose wages fall below $15 per hour,” Drucker said. “Should a law be passed mandating an increase in the wages of those staff members, the university will comply.”

The wages for students who receive federal work studies would not change either, according to Will Dube, director of communications and media relations at Cleveland State University.

“Federal work study follow federal laws, not the laws of Cuyahoga County,” Dube said. “Therefore, their wages would not change if this issue passes.”

The reporters of the Cleveland Stater will continue to look into this issue and report further developments.


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