Cleveland City Council will introduce an ordinance on May 16 that would hike the minimum wage in the city to $15 per hour. The legislation will be discussed in committee meetings over the next few weeks.
The move comes after thousands of signatures were gathered by Raise Up Cleveland, an advocacy group backed by the Service Employees International Union. Supporters brought in 28,782 signatures from voters in support of an ordinance from council. 11,900 were valid; only 5,000 valid signatures were required.
If the ordinance is ultimately approved, the minimum wage would be increased on Jan. 1, 2017. (The minimum wage in Cleveland is currently $8.10.)
Council also has the option of rejecting the ordinance or adopting it in a different form. "If the petitioners are not satisfied with council’s legislation, they can require the original legislative proposal to be put to a vote of the public," according to a statement from council.
"The ultimate question is coming right here to 601 Lakeside," Councilman Jeff Johnson said during Monday
night's council meeting. "I support the immediate implementation of a $15-an-hour minimum wage in the city of Cleveland."