Governor calls on lawmakers to raise minimum wage

By The Associated Press     

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Gov. Gina Raimondo is calling on lawmakers to approve raising the state’s minimum wage again. Raimondo supports boosting the hourly minimum by $1.10 to $10.10 per hour. The House Labor Committee is considering a bill to raise the hourly minimum.

The governor is discussing her reasoning Monday at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 328 headquarters in Providence.         The union represents about 12,000 people in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, primarily in the retail food industry.

Jim Riley, the union’s secretary treasurer, says Raimondo’s grandfather, Joe, co-founded the union 77 years ago when he was a butcher at a supermarket.

The union supports a raise, though most members already make more than the minimum.

The General Assembly approved a $1 raise last year, to $9 per hour.

(C) The Associated Press 2015