Birmingham City Council Approves Minimum Wage Increase To $10.10

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The Birmingham City Council has passed an ordinance to increase minimum wage in the city to $10.10 hourly July 2017.

The council passed the measure during a meeting Tuesday.

Kelsey Stein of AL.com talked to WBHM’s Michael Krall about today’s meeting. Stein reports that the city’s legal department is reviewing the ordinance. Were it to take effect, the increase is believed to be the first of its kind in the Southeast U.S.

Council President Johnathan Austin recommended the proposed ordinance, which calls for wages to increase to $8.50 in July 2016 and $10.10 in July 2017. Alabama has no minimum wage and federal minimum wage of $7.25 applies in the state.

The ordinance also calls for minimum wage in the city to rise annually in accordance with percentage rises in the city’s cost of living.

Additional reporting provided by the Associated Press.

Photo by Denis Bocquet

 

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