PORTLAND – Some in Portland are pushing for a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage. They say the upcoming minimum wage hike still isn’t enough.
The group “Portlanders for a Living Wage” kicked off its campaign supporting a proposed living wage ordinance to keep more money in your wallet.
Advocates demand minimum wage be bumped up to at least 15 dollars an hour by 2019. Portland city council just raised the rate from $7.50 to $10.10 starting next year.
Some say that’s fair others feel it’s not enough.
“Early in the spring we started putting together a proposal to instate a fair minimum wage in the city of Portland. One that’s commensurate to the cost of living in Portland which has increased dramatically.” Mako Bates, Portlanders for a Living Wage
“I’m concerned that we might be looking at too much of an increase too fast. There may be some unintended consequences to that new minimum including loss of jobs.” George Lydick, Owns two McDonald’s Franchises
The city’s recent minimum wage increase doesn’t apply to tipped workers.