“Now is the time to consider raising the wage in Cleveland because far too many families are working but still struggling to escape poverty,” said Innovation Ohio President Keary McCarthy. “Raising the minimum wage to $15 will increase consumer spending and boost the City’s overall economic activity.”
The analysis found that 44 percent of Cleveland workers who would get a raise earn at least half of their household’s income, and that 33 percent are parents. It also showed that 59 percent of Cleveland workers who would be impacted are women.
“Beyond being a home care provider, I am a mother of four smart, wonderful kids,” said Cleveland resident Artheta Peters, who was interviewed for the report. Peters continued: “I usually work about 56 hours a week and have had to depend on food stamps and other services to make ends meet. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would give my family the stability we need to cover the basic necessities.”
Read the Full Report: How the Fight for $15 Strengthens Cleveland and its Workers.
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