Cleveland Wage Vote Unlikely to Appear on November Ballot

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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. reports 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.A