Cranston City Council members propose minimum wage increase for city employees

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE): Council Minority Leader Steve Stycos and Council Member John Donega introduced legislation that will raise the minimum wage for City employees up to $12.75 an hour. 

“When I ran for City Council I promised to prioritize issues concerning working families,” said Donegan, the first-term Democratic Council Member from Ward 3. “It is my opinion that before we consider raises to the Mayor’s salary or Council pay, we should address the issue of City employees who make less than a living wage. $12.75 is not quite a true living wage in the City of Cranston, but it’s an important step forward.”

Increasing the minimum wage to $12.75 an hour will impact over 70 families, according to the councilmember.  Stycos said some will see an increase of over $2.00 to their hourly wage.

The ordinance, if passed, would take effect Jan. 1, 2021. The first hearing on the ordinance will take place on in Finance Committee on October 7th.

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