Union-led group Anounces Ballot Measure for $13.50 Minimum Wage

SALEM — A powerful union-led coalition said Monday that it’s lining up a second ballot measure to raise Oregon’s minimum wage — this one to $13.50 an hour — in hopes of sparking action by state lawmakers. In a press conference at the Capitol, leaders of the Raise the Wage coalition drew a line in the sand, calling on the Legislature to pass a $13.50 minimum wage in the 2016 session or watch voters do it for them the following November. This month, the Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the minimum wage won’t rise in 2016. Oregon has the second highest minimum wage in the country at $9.25, behind Washington at $9.47. The federal minimum is $7.25.


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