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Oregon Minimum Wage Has Increased More Than 30% Since 2016


On July 1, Oregon’s three minimum wage levels will increase by 50 cents, bringing the hourly minimum wage to $15.95 an hour in the Portland Metro Area, $14.70 in standard counties, and $13.70 in non-urban counties. According to the most recent data from 2022, just over 4% of Oregon workers earn minimum wage. That means over 100,000 people will see their paychecks go up in July.  


Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor issued the following statement in response to the 2024 increases in Oregon’s minimum wage: 


“When Oregon’s unions and our allies fought to raise the minimum wage in 2016, we could not have predicted the extraordinary challenges working people would face in the coming years. But we did know that every worker in our state deserved fairness, dignity, and a pathway to prosperity. Since 2016, Oregon’s minimum wage has increased by more than 30%. These gains have directly impacted more than 100,000 workers across the state and are worth celebrating. It’s also critical to recognize that they are a starting point, not a finish line. Raising wages for workers, especially lower-wage workers, is essential to building a healthy and prosperous future for Oregon. But it’s only part of how we achieve economic, racial, social justice in our state. From winning at the ballot box to investing in childcare to making it easier for more workers to join unions, we won’t stop fighting to achieve fairness, dignity, and economic security for all.”  


Workers earning the minimum wage should check their pay stubs following July 1 to ensure their wages are increased. Workers whose wages did not increase as expected should file a wage and hour complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries immediately.  


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The Oregon AFL-CIO is the statewide federation of labor unions, representing over 300,000 working Oregonians and 288 affiliated local unions. Oregon AFL-CIO affiliates represent workers in every sector of the economy in communities across the state.  Learn more at www.oraflcio.org

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