Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley are joining forces to urge state and federal lawmakers to change minimum wage rates.

The pair opposes a proposed $15/hr minimum wage in Cleveland, saying it puts the city at a competitive disadvantage.

Nineteen letters were sent to members of Congress, state legislators and others, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

The letters are dated June 3.

Kelley says “The Cleveland-only aspect is the problem for me…it would be detrimental to the city.

He said two economists came before city council and said it wouldn’t be a good plan for Cleveland.

Kelley also says the minimum wage would wage war against small businesses like local grocers who have come to do business in the city.