After months of debate, demonstrations and public hearings, the issue narrowly missed making the November ballot. Per the City Charter, council would have had to vote on the issue on or before last Friday – 60 days before the general election – to make the ballot. But council was not scheduled to return from summer recess until today.
Raise Up Cleveland, with the support of the Service Employees International Union, had gathered enough signatures to compel City Council to introduce legislation in May seeking a $15 minimum wage that would have begun in January.
Council voted down the proposal at its summer meeting last month, with only Councilman Jeffrey Johnson voting in support of it. [emphasis added]