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City Announces $15 Hourly Wage for Full-Time Employees

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Announces $15 Hourly Wage for Full-Time EmployeesCouncil President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown speaks at the podium as Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy, Councilmember Shayla Favor, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Councilmember Rob Dorans look on. Photo via Columbus City Council.
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Amidst the local and national debate surrounding $15 an hour minimum wage, today, Wednesday, Oct. 16, Mayor Andrew Ginther and President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown announced all full-time, permanent city employees will make a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The City of Columbus has 8,498 permanent, full-time employees.

“Closing the wage gap has been a top priority for my administration. As one of the city’s biggest employers, I knew Columbus had an opportunity to lead by example,” said Mayor Ginther, in a press release. “I charged my directors with being sure that all full-time permanent employees were making $15 an hour by 2020, and today, we can say we have accomplished that goal ahead of schedule.”

“Working families are the backbone of strong neighborhoods and a thriving city,” said President Pro Tem Brown. “Leveling the playing field for families in Columbus starts with living wages, and one of our goals as an employer must be to set a standard for wages and benefits that help families thrive.”

For more information, visit www.columbus.gov.

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