Sante Ghetti

Amended minimum wage proposal still a bad deal for Clevelanders

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A national organization interested in advancing their own agenda, regardless of the cost that Cleveland and Cleveland residents would incur, announced they have finalized language for a Cleveland-only minimum wage ballot measure.  Cleveland voters will ultimately decide on the issue in the future in November or through a special election on a to-be-determined date.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is amending the original minimum wage proposal they sent to Cleveland City Council after Council overwhelming voted against it and as the public is learning more about SEIU’s misguided approach and why a Cleveland-only wage is a bad deal for Clevelanders.  The new version will still only apply to Cleveland, but will call for the city’s minimum wage to increase to $12 in its first year, with $1 annual increases thereafter, until it ultimately reaches $15; then, the wage would be tied to the cost-of-living. 

Meanwhile, the minimum wage for the rest of Ohio is set at $8.10 which can still increase annually based on the cost of living and how prices have inflated over time.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership continues to oppose this effort because it puts Cleveland on an un-level playing field with the rest of the state.  We are all going to have to pay significant costs if it passes because the proposal will:

  • Cost Cleveland existing jobs and new jobs.
  • Cost Cleveland’s seniors much-needed services.
  • Deny Cleveland’s young people job opportunities.
  • Force Clevelanders to pay higher prices.
  • Cost Cleveland its grocery stores, and Cleveland residents access to fresh groceries and food at a reasonable price.
  • Devastate Cleveland’s neighborhoods.
  • Stop Cleveland’s momentum and roll back Cleveland’s progress.