$15 minimum wage for Multnomah County employees

$15 minimum wage starts in July 2016

Cash register (MGN Online, file)
Cash register (MGN Online, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The minimum wage for Multnomah County employees will be $15 an hour starting in July 2016.

The county Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to gradually increase the wage for the lowest-paid in the county labor force, such as on-call and temporary employees like election workers.

The Oregonian reports about 150 now earn the county’s current minimum wage of $11.99 an hour. The county has more than 5,000 employees overall.

County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury says Multnomah County is the largest public employer in Oregon to adopt a $15 minimum.

The state minimum wage in Oregon is $9.10. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

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