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Portland approves $15/hr minimum wage for some city workers

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Full-time contractors who work for the city of Portland will soon be making a minimum of $15 per hour after the City Council unanimously approved a proposal to raise the base wage.

The plan was spearheaded by Mayor Charlie Hales, who proposed raising the minimum wage during his 'State of the City' address in January.

A group called 15 Now PDX held a rally outside Portland City Hall Wednesday morning to show its support for the plan and to ask for more action from city leaders.

15 Now PDX said the pay increase is a good start, but the city can do a lot more. They want the city to expand the proposal to include all city workers, regardless of what they do or how many hours they work every week.

Sarah Kowaleski is a city employee who currently works part-time. She said she's one of about 1,800 workers who won't see a bump in pay, and she thinks the city should spread the love a little.

"We are all providing vital service that the city finds indispensable, as we would all love to contribute to make the city work better as a team," Kowaleski said.

"This is the job that I know and love. I'm valued for what I do. I would love to make a career of it. I would love a full time job, but in the meanwhile, I think that everyone who works deserves a living wage."

Hales also held a Twitter "town hall" discussion to answer questions about the proposal.

The pay increase will go into effect July 1.

Portland Mayor proposes minimum wage increase

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