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Minimum wage increases in Oregon

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Oregon’s minimum wage is higher than ever, bumping up to $1.50 in the Portland metro Saturday.

No matter the time of day, The O’Neill Public House in Northeast Portland is filled with food, drinks, and lots of laughter.

Owner Shaun Sieren said Saturday was especially spirited though. He said that’s because it marks the hike in minimum wage in the Portland metro from $9.75 to $11.25.

“Minimum wage increase is something that me and my partner both have been supporting pretty actively,” said Sieren. “So I'm really happy to see it happen.”

Sieren said the way he sees it, if people barely have enough money to pay for basic necessities, then they won’t come out and enjoy his pub.

“And my employees are someone else's customer and vice versa, so to me it just makes sense,” said Sieren.

Sieren’s employees second that.

“It's great,” said George Brooks, a cook for The O’Neill Public House. “It’s definitely a load off my mind just knowing that I'm going to have a little bit of wiggle room.”

It’s not just Portland that’s seeing the increase. In other more populated areas in Oregon, it’s now at $10.25.

It’s up to $10.00 in rural areas.

“When people get paid at or above a living wage, it's a lot easier to survive and people don't switch jobs as often and it cuts down on your training cost, and end up you know people don't have to stress about money they’re just happy generally and happier at work of course,” said Sieren.

This increase is all because of a bill passed last year. The wage will go up over the next six years.

“I do love cooking, you know, I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn't have some kind of want to do it so getting paid a little bit more for my time is definitely a wonderful thing,” said Brooks.

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