CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A petition has been submitted to Cleveland city council to raise the minimum wage. The group, "Raise Up Cleveland" is supported by Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The group wants to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. Ohio's minimum wage is $8.10. The city does not have a citywide minimum wage.
Supporters of the proposal submitted 28,782 signatures to the clerk May 2. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections verified 11,900 signatures were valid.
Under the charter, the requirement is 5,000 valid signatures of registered voters.
City Council will introduce the proposed legislation at its next meeting on May 16. The council has the option of adopting the proposed legislation, rejecting it, or adopting it in a different form.
If the petitioners are not satisfied with council's legislation they can require the original legislative proposal to be put to a vote of the public.
Statement from Mayor Jackson on minimum wage proposal:
"I continue to support a minimum wage increase if mandated by the state or federal government and not just for the City of Cleveland. For the full economic impact this has to be a united effort throughout Ohio and the United States."
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