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Cincinnati Plans to Reform City Wages

(Photo Courtesy City of Cincinnati) (Photo Courtesy City of Cincinnati)

Mayor John Cranley and Vice Mayor David Mann, along with members of labor unions, community activists and other elected officials, announced a package of city labor and workplace reform; city leaders say they hope will help build and strengthen the city’s middle class.

The reform package includes three parts:

1) creation of a City prevailing wage law

2) raising the City’s living wage to $15 per hour for its full-time employees and $10.10 per hour for its part-time and seasonal workers

3) implementation of construction crane safety measures.

Each component is outlined by city leaders below.

  • City Prevailing Wage

 In recent years, developers and attorneys have become increasingly sophisticated at structuring economic development agreements in ways that provide government subsidies to private entities without triggering the State of Ohio’s prevailing wage requirements. In an effort to close these loopholes, the City of Cincinnati will create its own 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 will apply when the State’s requirements are not triggered.

Prevailing Wage Ordinance Highlights

  • Prevailing wage must be paid to workers on any project that has a total cost that exceeds $5,000,000 and receives more than $3,000,000 in City subsidies.
  • All city subsidies, except property tax abatements, will count towards the $3,000,000 threshold.
  • The reporting requirements and enforcement mechanisms in the city ordinance mirror state law.
  • Anyone found to violate the prevailing wage law will be required to cure the problem. Violators, who fail to cure, will be required of to repay all city subsidies and face debarment from doing business with the City for three years.
  • City Living & Minimum Wage

In an effort to keep up with inflation, the city will raise its living wage rate to $15 per hour for its full-time employees and $10.10 per hour for its part-time and seasonal workers.

Living & Minimum Wage Ordinance Highlights

  • Raises living wage from $12.58 per hour to $15 per hour for City full-time employees, which is defined as those who work more than 30 hours per week.
  • Raises minimum wage from $8.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour for part-time and seasonal workers.
  • Going forward, these increase wage rates are indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and will be adjusted annually.
  • Provides that no full-time position can be replaced by part-time positions in order to avoid paying the higher wage.
  • Applies to all city workers and service contractors.
  • Crane Safety Measures

 In light of the recent death in New York City caused by the collapse of a crane as well as the collapse of a crane at The Banks construction site, the City will implement crane safety measures that are aimed ensuring that all crane operators in the city are qualified and are appropriately insured.

Crane Safety Ordinance Highlights

  • Requires all crane operators to meet minimum safety certifications as certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
  • Requires all who attach the crane to lifts and all who provide signals to the crane operator must meet minimum safety certifications as certified by the NCCCO.
  • Establishes minimum insurance requirements that all crane operators must meet. The amount of insure required is based on the scale of the project.
  • Applies to all cranes with a lift capacity in excess of 25 tons.

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