Supporters thrilled with Portland citizens’ approval of $15 base pay – WCSH-WLBZ

4November 2020

The City’s current minimum wage of $12 will increase by $1 yearly till 2024 and now consists of time and

a half threat pay. PORTLAND, Maine– Of the five referendum questions authorized on Portland’s 2020 basic election ballot, one

, in specific, has people talking: the City’s new minimum wage. Portland will have a base pay of$15 an hour by 2024, increasing the existing wage of$12 by$1 annually.”It’s really modest, it’s really workable,”President of Progressive Portland, Steven Biel said. The organization was a significant supporter of the question.

Biel stated many of those who would be affected by this change are not teens, but rather the”income producers” of their homes and are in desperate need of this financial boost. In addition to the pay increase, it likewise includes time and a half in danger pay.

Which indicates come December, Biel stated the 36 percent of city workers impacted by this change will see an even bigger increase to their paycheck due to the pandemic.

“$18 an hour for individuals risking their lives to go to work appears like the least we might do,”Biel said. In spite of its success at the surveys, the Portland Chamber of Commerce and city leaders came out versus the referendum concern prior to the election. Saying small companies couldn’t manage the additional expense, especially now.

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the City is growing increasingly more costly for individuals to both live and work there. “This is a frantically required, small action in the right direction for employees in Portland,” Biel said. “About one out of every three employees in Portland will see a bump in their earnings, it’s just a little extra aid for those residing on the very edge of hardship.”


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