- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland City Council has voted 5-0 to raise the hourly wage for more than 170 workers to at least $15 an hour.

The Oregonian reports ( http://is.gd/JqdywL ) that the vote came Wednesday after nearly three hours of testimony from employees, contractors and union representatives.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman introduced the proposal to pay full-time city employees and contractors $15 an hour.

About 16 of the affected workers are full-time city employees. The remaining 157 are parking attendants, janitors or security workers who are full-time but paid by contractors that are subject to the city’s Fair Wage policy.

Budget officials say the plan will cost at least $1.1 million per year.

A bill introduced in the Legislature would increase Oregon’s minimum wage, now $9.25 an hour, to $15 in several years. The federal minimum is $7.25.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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