- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa has raised its minimum wage to $8.20 an hour, matching the rate in Johnson County’s new wage plan.

University spokesman Tom Moore said in a news release Thursday that the university wanted to remain competitive in recruiting and retaining student employees. He says the new rate was adopted on Nov. 1 and is being paid to about three dozen temporary employees and 665 student employees.

In September the county Board of Supervisors approved a proposal that raises the county’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017 in three increments of 95 cents. Cities inside the county have the option of passing an ordinance exempting them from the new county rule.

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