Oregon Minimum Wage Rises to $9.10 Per Hour

By Rob Manning

Oregon's minimum wage will be more than nine dollars an hour next year. When voters re-wrote Oregon's minimum wage law in 2002, they tied increases to inflation.

Over the last decade, it's gone up about two dollars an hour - an average bump of twenty cents a year. California lawmakers have approved increasing their minimum wage by two dollars over the next three years - to ten dollars an hour.

In Seattle, advocates are pushing for a 15 dollar-an-hour minimum - which would be almost six dollars an hour more than Washington state's rate. Oregon labor commissioner Brad Avakian says the new rate of nine dollars and ten cents an hour will help working families. But he doesn't support a bigger increase.

Brad Avakian: "I think that Oregon voters got it right, in the way that we do it - in tying it to the Consumer Price Index, so that it's predictable both for employees and employers."

The new rate takes effect January 1st, 2014.
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