(Mayor) Cranley proposes minimum wage boost for city employees to $15 per hour

Sen. Sherrod Brown joins mayor for announcement

BY: Kristen Swilley, Austin Fast
POSTED: 11:53 AM, Mar 29, 2016
UPDATED: 5:54 PM, Mar 29, 2016

CINCINNATI — Full-time city employees could soon be earning a minimum wage of $15 per hour, among other labor reforms aimed at strengthening the middle class that were announced Tuesday morning by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mayor John Cranley

The reform package announced Tuesday includes three components:

  • Raising Cincinnati’s living wage from $12.58 to $15 per hour for its full-time (at least 30 hours per week) employees and from $8.25 to $10.10 per hour for its part-time and seasonal workers. Going forward, these increase wage rates are indexed to the Consumer Price Index and will be adjusted annually;
  • Creating a city prevailing wage law that dramatically expands the types and number of government subsidies that trigger prevailing wage requirements. If triggered, the city’s prevailing wage requirements would apply when the state’s requirements are not triggered.
  • Implementing crane safety measures (following a crane accident at The Banks in February) to ensure all crane operators in the city are qualified and all crane operators are appropriately insured.


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