Residents rally in support of minimum wage increase

APWU1Dozens of activists gathered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building on Thursday, waving signs and leading chants at a rally in support of raising the minimum wage.

“I think it’s important for folks to understand that there are thousands of people in Johnson County who are in desperate need,” said Rod Sullivan, a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

At its meeting on Wednesday, the board agreed to move forward on an ordinance that would increase the minimum wage countywide to $10.10 an hour by 2017. The rally, held at 855 S. Dubuque St., was organized in part to show support for the supervisors’ efforts, and to encourage them in the face of opposition.

A draft version of the ordinance that would raise the wage states that the current minimum wage of $7.25 would increase by 95 cents on Nov. 1, to $8.20. An additional increase on May 1, 2016, would bring it up to $9.15 and the wage finally would reach $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017. The board will next discuss the issue in a work session on July 29.

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