Committee meets to discuss raising minimum wage

Committee meets to discuss raising minimum wage

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - City Council's Workforce and Community Benefits Committee will begin discussing the proposed legislation regarding increasing the minimum wage in Cleveland.

The city council, required by the charter, introduced the proposed legislation at Monday night's meeting.

"Raise Up Cleveland" started a petition drive to get the ball rolling.

The group supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), had enough valid signatures to start legislative proceedings to raise the minimum wage in Cleveland to $15 an hour.

SEIU delivered nearly 29,000 signatures to the Clerk on May 2. They only needed 5,000 registered voters. The proposed ordinance would only raise the minimum wage beginning Jan. 1, 2017 in the city of Cleveland and not in any surrounding communities.

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