Council votes for increase of minimum wage for city employees

Council votes for increase of minimum wage for city employees
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council passed a series of labor ordinances that included the increase of minimum wage for city employees.

The three ordinances, drafted by Mayor John Cranley, Vice Mayor David Mann, and Council members Yvette Simpson, P.G. Sittenfeld and Wendell Young, will:

  • Increase living wage to $15/hour for full-time city employees and $10.10/hour for part-time city employees.
  • Create a city prevailing wage
  • Enact crane safety measures

The raise increases the minimum wage from $11.54 to $15/hour for full-time employees and contractors. Minimum wage is raised from $8.25/hour to $10.10 an hour for part-time and seasonal workers.

"I think it's long overdue and absolutely deplorable that the city of Cincinnati actually employed people making less than a livable wage," said Council Member Wendell Young.

Also as part of the ordinances passed on Wednesday is a tighter-look into crane safety. The new ordinance requires all crane operators to pass safety certifications.

The ordinance passed 5 votes to 3.

Charlie Winburn, Chris Smitherman and Kevin Flynn voted against the increase, saying it's an unnecessary financial burden for tax payers.

"The question is the city is currently facing a deficit and we haven't even negotiated C.O.D.E we haven't negotiated AFSCME contract, we haven't negotiated the FOP contract and that's what's going to push that deficit north of $10 million," said Council Member Christopher Smitherman.

Cranley said it will only cost the city about $1 million a year, and is a way to support the middle class.

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