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Last week, the City of Austin City Council approved a resolution directing the City Manager to adopt a living wage of $22.00 per hour for City of Austin employees. When the agenda item opened several city employees testified that with the inflation experienced across the nation, a higher wage is necessary. The approved resolution would bring the minimum wage from $15 to $22 per hour.

According to a spokesman, “Providing a living wage has been a continued priority for our stakeholders and our city staff. The recovery from the pandemic and unprecedented rising costs of living have emphasized the need to accelerate the timeline to increase the living wage.”

The increase will be for most city employees and employees of contractors that work for the City of Austin. The report presented by the city stated if the minimum wage can not be raised to $22, it would raise it by the most significant amount possible.

Source: City of Austin and Fox News

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