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Oregon Senate to vote on minimum wage hike

Posted By Beth Farmer, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A bill that would set three different minimum wage rates in the state is scheduled for a vote on the Oregon Senate floor this week.

The bill would hike wages to $14.75 in the Portland metro area, $12.50 in rural and coastal areas, and $13.50 in the rest of the state by 2022. The first pay bump would start in July, increasing the minimum wage from $9.25 to $9.75 statewide.

The three-tiered proposal is just one of several that are still being kicked around by legislators and others in Salem. It is not clear whether any proposal has the support to pass, or will be enough for union leaders to withhold proposed ballot measures they are considering. These would raise the statewide minimum wage to either $13.50 or $15. What’s more, they would do it much sooner.

The OAN continues to be involved in efforts to discuss an acceptable alternative to the various minimum wage ballot measures.

"Despite our considerable commitment to find a solution, the current set of proposals before the Oregon Legislature cannot receive our support," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Without significant alterations and protections for agriculture, Senate Bill 1532 will harm the nursery and greenhouse industry and its ability to compete in a national and global market. It will create untenable compression of wages and damage the state's economic growth."

OAN members are encouraged to make their voices heard. Contact your legislator and let them know how the issue impacts your business. Click here to find your legislator's phone number or email address.

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