COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's minimum wage law will increase by ten cents for hourly wage workers on January 1, 2014.
Minimum wage in Ohio, beginning on the first of the year, will be $7.95 an hour. Most state minimum wages will be higher than the federal requirement of $7.25 an hour in 21 states, up from 18 two years ago.
In 2006, on behalf of Ohio’s lowest wage earners, the Ohio AFL-CIO and the coalition Ohioans for a Fair Minimum Wage successfully placed the constitutional amendment on the ballot, which tied Ohio’s minimum wage rate to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI increased 1.5 percent from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.
“This is not nearly enough to achieve a livable wage for many workers but any and all upward pressure on wages is better than the stagnant wages we have seen,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga.
“There is a direct economic benefit to the increase as these wage earners will spend directly into our communities and local economies,” Burga said.