Cleveland’s Living Wage Ordinance: A Three-Year Review
May 15, 2004
This report from Policy Matters Ohio reviews Cleveland’s Fair Employment Wage Ordinance three years after it went into effect. The report finds that the law has resulted in modest pay raises for a small number of workers, has not resulted in a substantial increase in contract costs, and has prevented only one financial assistance agreement from going forward according to the city. The report recommends improved monitoring and enforcement and incorporating a provision to require a higher hourly wage for employees who are not offered affordable health care. Policy Matters also completed a one-year review of the ordinance in 2002 that can be downloaded below.