Group pushing $15 minimum wage in Cleveland submits signatures

CLEVELAND - A $15/hour minimum wage in Cleveland is one step closer to possible action.

Raise Up Cleveland, a group backed by the Service Employees International Union, turned in more than 28,000 signatures on petitions Monday to Cleveland Council Clerk Pat Britt.

The goal of the petitions is to put an ordinance before City Council to raise the minimum wage in Cleveland to $15/hour beginning January 1, 2017.

Britt and her staff members found the petitions met the requirements of the City Charter and appeared to have the necessary number of signatures. Only 5,000 valid signatures are needed. 

The petitions will be forwarded to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to make sure there are enough valid signatures to introduce the proposed ordinance Council.

Valid signatures must come from registered voters in the City of Cleveland.

If the Board of Elections finds there are enough valid signatures, petitions will be sent back to Clerk Britt. 

She will certify them and the proposed ordinance would be introduced at the next Council meeting.

Council members could pass the ordinance as is, reject it or change it.

Council member Zachary Reed has suggested council take the initiative and stagger increases instead of having the full $15 amount be immediately adopted for next year.

If council rejects or changes the ordinance the petitioners may put their original proposal to a vote by Cleveland residents this coming November.


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