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9:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Public Speaks Out on Proposed Minimum Wage Hike in Louisville

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The chairman of Louisville’s Labor and Economic Committee showed a hint of confidence Monday evening that the Metro Council will move to a vote on a proposal to raise the local minimum wage by the end of the year.

Though a council meeting is set for Thursday, Councilman David Tandy, a Democrat representing District 4 in Louisville who chairs of the Labor and Economic Committee, said the proposal is just “not ready yet” for a vote.

Tandy made the comments Monday during a public  discussion on the issue. 

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7:13 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Louisville's Minimum Wage Ordinance Get Public Hearing In Committee

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A Louisville Metro Council committee is asking the public to weigh in Monday on a proposal to raise the local minimum wage.

The committee has allotted equal time for both sides to make their arguments.

City lawmakers have already heard testimony from various experts for and against an ordinance that would gradually raise the wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over three years.

Twenty spots will be allotted—half for supporters of the wage increase, half for opponents. Each speaker will be allowed three minutes.

The council, in a news release, adds:

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Politics
6:21 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Puts Political Weight Behind Louisville Minimum Wage Bill

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The Metro Council minimum wage ordinance is the last hope for Louisville workers seeking a wage hike.

That’s according to Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who joined advocates at a local business Monday morning.

Yarmuth said he plans to be heavily involved in an effort to pass minimum wage legislation locally.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Business Leaders, Employers Urge Louisville Council to ‘Abandon’ Wage Bill

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A coalition of Kentucky business associations and employers urged the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday to forgo efforts to raise the minimum wage for the city's workers to $10.10 over a three-year period.

Those businesses are also questioning the legality of a proposed ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage.

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8:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. Opposes ‘Artificial' and 'Unfunded’ Minimum Wage Hike

Kent Oyler
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Louisville’s chamber of commerce took a firm stance against an ordinance increasing local workers' pay rates to $10.10 an hour on Tuesday.

Greater Louisville Inc. came out against the proposal a day after five Metro Council Democrats filed a measure raising wages for employees over the next three years, which has been met with caution among some Democrats and outright opposition by Republican lawmakers.

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4:38 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Louisville Lawmaker Reviewing Possible Right-to-Work Ordinance

Ken Fleming
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Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming is preparing a bill that would forbid businesses with organized labor from firing employees who refuse to join unions or pay union dues.

The potential for a so-called “right to work” ordinance sponsored by GOP lawmakers comes on the heels of a Democratic proposal filed this week to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

It also puts the national and statewide debate on the best way to help workers at the council level, which Republican council members have said is long overdue.

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Politics
9:56 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Council Democrats Introduce Wage Bill for Louisville Metro

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An ordinance that would raise Louisville workers' minimum hourly wages to $10.10 over a three-year period will be filed with the Metro Council on Monday morning.

The ordinance is being co-sponsored by Council Democrats Attica Scott, Barbara Shanklin, David James and Cheri Bryant Hamilton.

Under the current proposal, employees would be given a staggered pay hike until 2017 starting with $8.10 next July. In the following years workers would see their wages go up to $9.15 and $10.10 respectively.

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10:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats Differ on Minimum Wage Ordinance

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A number of Metro Council Democrats expressed concern Thursday with a possible minimum wage ordinance in Louisville, especially its effect on larger businesses and younger workers.

The county attorney’s office told city lawmakers this week that they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

A draft ordinance sponsored by Democrats Attica Scott, Barbara Shanklin, and David James would increase worker’s pay rates over a three-year period.

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3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Ordinance Moving Forward

A minimum wage increase supporter holds a sign during an April public forum in Louisville on the issue.
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Now that the Louisville Metro Council has been told it can move ahead on raising the local minimum wage, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they’re moving forward with a proposal.

As WFPL first reported Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told council members they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

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1:26 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Council Can Establish a Minimum Wage Just for Metro Louisville, County Attorney Says

Mike O'Connell
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The Louisville Metro Council can legally establish a local minimum wage within the city limits, according to a legal opinion  issued Monday by Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell's office.

The opinion clears a legal hurdle for wage increase advocates: whether the council has the legal authority to increase the minimum pay rate in the city.

For months, advocates have argued for a raise in Louisville workers' minimum pay rate to $10.10 per hour.

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