Group seeks $15 minimum wage from Cleveland employers

CLEVELAND (AP) — A group seeking a $15 minimum wage from Cleveland employers will begin petitioning this week for the wage for thousands of workers employed in the northeast Ohio city.

The Raise Up Cleveland group hopes to get the city council to approve an ordinance establishing the wage or take the issue directly to voters.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports there isn’t currently a citywide minimum wage. The state minimum wage is $8.10.

Group member Artheta Peters says home health care workers, daycare providers, fast-food workers and others need the wage to provide for their families.

The proposal calls for setting Cleveland’s minimum wage at $15 in January, with increases indexed to inflation beginning in January 2018.

City Councilman Kevin Conwell says he plans to support the proposal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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