CLEVELAND (AP) — Organizers of a petition drive to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour appear to have missed its deadline to get the measure on the November ballot.
Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1UjsLEP ) the Cleveland City Council could stall action on the issue long enough to prevent a November vote.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and City Council President Kevin Kelley oppose raising the current minimum wage of $8.10, but would support an increase if mandated statewide or nationally.
Raise Up Cleveland, backed by the Service Employees International Union, could get the issue on a special election ballot by gathering additional signatures.
A union spokesman acknowledged that if the council takes the full amount of time allowed by the city charter, the initiative will likely go to a special election.