July 1, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Atlanta, GA – Atlanta will raise its minimum wage for city employees to $15 an hour by July 2019. The increase was approved by the City Council June 22 as part of the budget for fiscal year 2018.
About 360 workers will get a raise July 1 when the minimum will go up from $10.10 to $13, and about 850 will when it reaches $15. The budget also includes a 3% raise for city workers making between $41,000 and $150,000, and brings the starting salary for firefighters up to $40,000. “We are demonstrating that the city of Atlanta offers competitive employment at all levels, and respects the dignity of all workers,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. The increases came after a four-year campaign by Atlanta Jobs With Justice, a coalition of community groups that includes AFSCME Local 1644 and the Atlanta Professional Firefighters, which held the city’s first Fight for $15 rally in 2013. “The courage of those workers told us that Georgia workers everywhere were ready for $15,” said Shannan Reaze, the group’s executive director. Read more
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