City of Cleveland to introduce bill for $15 minimum wage

CLEVELAND - The City of Cleveland will introduce next week proposed legislation that would raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour. 

Clerk of Council Pat Britt notified Raise Up Cleveland Wednesday that it had enough signatures to start legislative proceedings on the proposal.

Raise Up Cleveland is a group supported by the Service Employees International Union. 

Supporters delivered 28,782 signatures to the city on May 2. The proposed ordinance would raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 beginning Jan. 1, 2017. 

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections certified that 11,900 of the signatures were valid. 

City council will introduce the proposed legislation May 16 at 7 p.m.

Council will then refer it to its Workforce and Community Benefits Committee which will hold public hearings. Council members then have the option of adopting the proposal, rejecting it or adopting it in a different form. 

If the petitioners are not satisfied with council’s legislation they can require that the public vote on the original legislative proposal.

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