The Birmingham City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday that calls for raising the Birmingham minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017. Council President Johnathan Austin recommended the proposed ordinance, which calls for wages to increase to $8.50 in July 2016 and $10.10 in July 2017. Alabama has no minimum wage and federal minimum wage of $7.25 applies in the state.
The proposal — approved yesterday by the council — calls for raising the current wage of $7.25 an hour to $8.50 in July of 2016 and $10.10 in July of 2017. The ordinance also calls for the hourly wage to increase annually to adjust for inflation.
Dozens of cities have chosen to increase their minimum wage over the last ten years, many of which are in California. As a state that has no minimum wage, Alabama follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 which has been in effect since 2009. This ordinance makes the Birmingham minimum wage increase one the first such increases in the South.
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