Oregon’s Unions Respond To Minimum Wage Increase
Today Oregon’s minimum wage increased, impacting 108,400 workers across the state. The increase is divided into the three sections of the state with the standard counties raising to $13.50, the Portland metropolitan area raising to $14.75 and nonurban counties raising to $12.50.
The Oregon AFL-CIO, the statewide federation of labor unions that advocated for the state’s minimum wage increase in 2016, responded to the July 1, 2022 increase in a statement from President Graham Trainor:
“Oregon’s unions worked tirelessly to increase our state’s minimum wage. We did so because the minimum wage was too low and was leaving too many working people behind, unable to afford basic necessities. Today, we’re proud of what we accomplished in 2016, especially with the knowledge that each year the minimum wage will be tied to inflation. We know that when we increase wages for workers that money goes directly into Oregon’s economy, paying for goods and services in communities throughout the state. With gas prices and inflation on the minds of working families, we need to continue to step up and find ways to help working people make ends meet like we did in 2016. The Oregon AFL-CIO is a strong voice for Oregon’s workers, and we will continue to use that voice to advocate for policy solutions like raising the minimum wage that directly impacts the kitchen table economics of Oregon’s working families.”
Workers earning minimum wage who do not see an increase on their pay stub following July 1 should file a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.