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Statement from Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain on New Minimum Wage Rules

(PORTLAND, OR) Following the Bureau of Labor and Industries’ (BOLI) announcement today regarding new rules for Oregon’s minimum wage, Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain has released the following statement:

“The Oregon AFL-CIO is pleased that the minimum wage rules presented by BOLI recognize that employees should generally be paid a wage according to the region in which work is being performed. However, we believe the rules could be both stronger and more protective for working people. Under the new rules, an employee must work more than 50% of their time during a pay period in a different region before a different wage is required; a pay period can be an entire month, which means some workers could spend two weeks in a higher wage region without the higher wage being required.

We are generally satisfied with the outcome of rulemaking by BOLI and look forward to seeing thousands of minimum wage earners in Oregon get their first increase on July 1st.”

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