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Amazon will pay all of its U.S. employees a minimum of $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25. The retail giant, run by the world's richest man, was criticized earlier this year after revealing its workers' median pay was $28,446.

Amazon says the new rate will go into effect on Nov. 1, covering all of its full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees in the U.S.

Hannah Halbert, a researcher with Policy Matters Ohio.
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Democratic Ohio lawmakers are making another effort to raise the state’s minimum wage.

As midnight strikes on New Year's Eve, many minimum wage workers will have an extra reason to celebrate: They'll be getting a raise.

In 18 states and 20 localities, lawmakers are forcing up the minimum wage on Jan. 1.

For years, a large number of state and local governments have been driving up wages in response to federal inaction. Congress has kept the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

The Cleveland mayor’s office says about 500 city workers would see their pay rise to a minimum of $15 an hour under a proposal by Mayor Frank Jackson.

Jackson, who is running for a fourth term this year, said in a news release that the increase would apply both to union and to non-union workers. It would go into effect April 2018.

Some workers represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1 would see their pay increase, the union said. Exactly how many wasn’t clear. Local 1’s membership includes janitors at the airport and city buildings.

Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) introduces bill to stop prevailing wage mandate on government construction projects.
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A state senator is proposing a bill that would give local government officials more control over what they pay construction workers on government projects. But critics say it will end up cutting wages for those workers.

Ohio’s minimum wage is set to increase on January 1st

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The state minimum wage will increase by 5 cents next year to adjust for inflation. Officials say non-tipped workers must be paid an hourly wage of at least $8.15 beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Tipped workers are slated to receive a minimum of $4.08 an hour starting next year - a bump of 3 cents.

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the definition of employee under state law in a dispute in which two advertising sales reps sued after they were paid amounts below the minimum wage.

The sales reps said the Ohio law containing exemptions to the definition of employee is unconstitutional because those same exemptions aren't spelled out in the state Constitution.

Group Advocates for $12 Minimum Wage in Ohio

Oct 27, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved language for a ballot initiative that seeks to raise the minimum wage in Ohio.  If approved by voters, the minimum wage would climb from the current $8.10 an hour to $12 an hour.  The increase would be phased in over time reaching the $12 mark by 2021.  Laurie Couch speaks for Stand Up For Ohio, the group that’s backing the increase.

Two commission-based sales reps are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to decide whether a constitutional amendment, approved by voters, in 2006, requires that they be paid minimum wage. The eventual ruling could have a big effect on businesses and employees throughout Ohio.

Ohio's minimum wage is scheduled to increase by 15 cents an hour to $8.10 on Jan. 1. The increase will boost the wages of more than 250,000 Ohioans. The minimum wage of workers who receive tips will increase 7 cents to $4.05 an hour. Voters in Ohio approved a constitutional amendment in 2006 that calls for annual increases in the hourly wage. A nonprofit policy group has estimated that the wage increases will produce $36 million in economic growth from higher consumer spending. Another policy group says that nine of the state's 12 most common occupations pay less than $10 an hour.

11:00 The federal full minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, while sub-minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.15 per hour. Are these numbers fair? Can you make a living off minimum wage? Can you make a living as a tipped employee? And finally, are women still paid less than their male co-workers? On this hour of "All Sides," we're talking about minimum wage in Ohio. Guests

Ohio Minimum Wage Going Up

Dec 28, 2011

Beginning Sunday, Ohio’s lowest paid workers are getting a four percent raise. That’s because Ohio’s minimum wage will rise from $7.40 an hour to $7.70. Tim Burga is head of the Ohio AFL-CIO. Ohio AFL-CIO head, Bill Burga says service sector workers will benefit the most. He says the minimum wage bump also helps workers making slightly more. "What we find is that not only the minimum wage earners get an increase when the wage rate goes up, but also those just above the minimum wage rate.

Ohioans who earn less than six dollars and eighty five cents an hour will be getting a raise soon. More than 56% of Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment that will raise the minimum wage from five dollars and fifteen cents and hour to six dollars and eighty five cents an hour. A co-chair of the effort to raise the wage, Tim Burga, says he's optimistic about Ohio's future, now that voters have approved this measure.

Supporters tout benefits of minimum wage increase

Mar 24, 2006

An Ohio think tank that's backing a proposed ballot issue that would raise Ohio's minimum wage to nearly 7 dollars an hour next year has a new study out, contending that hundreds of thousands of Ohio workers could benefit by the change.

Ohio Public Radio's Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.