Ohio minimum wage

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Ohioans are one step closer to voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state’s minimum wage. 

Attorney General Dave Yost certified the “Raise the Wage Ohio Amendment” because it had the necessary signatures and its summary language was deemed to be fair and truthful.

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When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Ohio’s lowest paid workers will have a special reason to celebrate.

In 2020, Ohio’s minimum wage goes up by 15 cents per hour to $8.70 an hour. Tipped employees will get a nickel more per hour. A 2006 constitutional amendment Ohio voters approved increases the state’s minimum wage on January 1 by the rate of inflation.

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As productivity continues to grow in Ohio, wages have remained stagnant. That’s among the findings in a new report from Policy Matters Ohio analyzing Ohio’s labor market.

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During a digital forum with young Ohioans, the candidates for governor — Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray —laid out what they thought about the possibility of a minimum wage increase. 

Democratic Nominee Rich Cordray says it’s time to raise the minimum wage, stopping short of saying exactly what he thinks it should be.

Lawmakers Push for Change in Minimum Wage

Mar 13, 2018
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Democratic Ohio lawmakers are making another effort to raise the state’s minimum wage. 

A new report by the progressive leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows the poorest 30 percent of Ohio’s workers have lost about 40 cents an hour in pay since 1979. The group’s Hannah Halbert says a lot of people can’t make ends meet anymore.

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The Cleveland mayor’s office says about 500 city workers would see their pay rise to a minimum of $15 an hour under a proposal by Mayor Frank Jackson. Labor groups gave their reaction to the raise.

The Service Employees International Union Local 1 represents janitors at the airport and city buildings. Some number of its members would see their pay go up, the union says. Exactly how many wasn’t clear.

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Ohio’s minimum wage is set to increase on January 1st. 

A voter-approved constitutional amendment a few years ago means the required pay for most minimum wage workers will increase by five cents an hour - or about $2.00 for a 40-hour week. The increase is tied to inflation.

Ohio workers got a bigger increase in 2016 when the wage increased by 15 cents an hour.