minimum wage

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Steve Brown and guest host Ann Fisher discuss how Democrats advocate for their agenda when they are badly outnumbered in state government. Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes joins the show.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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As the Ohio House prepares to hold hearings on Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed operating budget, Democratic members want to make sure their priorities are considered.

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A bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour has cleared a legislative hurdle that sets it up for a vote by the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

This move in Congress is a sign of broader political momentum for the minimum wage issue, long embraced by progressives who were key to the Democrats taking control of the House. The matter is poised to play prominently in the 2020 presidential campaign.

The 40-day Poor People's campaign will feature numerous events centered around non-violent activism.
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The Ohio Poor People's Campaign is kicking off their efforts for the new legislative session this week.

On Jan. 1, Ohio’s minimum wage rose automatically from $8.30 per hour to $8.55 per hour for workers who aren't tipped. (For tipped workers, the base wage increased from $4.15 to $4.30 per hour.) 

Ohio Minimum Wage Rising By 25 Cents Per Hour In 2019

Dec 31, 2018
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Ohio's hourly minimum wage is about to rise again, with the rate going up by 25 cents an hour Tuesday from $8.30 to $8.55.

Columbus City Hall
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Columbus City Council on Monday approved a 5 percent tax on tickets with a last-minute amendment exempting most non-profit organizations. The proposal will support grants for local arts organizations and maintenance at Nationwide Arena.

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Columbus uses income tax incentives to encourage employers to create jobs. On Friday, City Council member Elizabeth Brown is announcing a measure requiring those jobs to pay at least $15 an hour.

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Central Ohio's Kroger employees have agreed to a new labor deal.

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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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