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Cleveland Wage Vote Unlikely To Appear On November Ballot

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.

Cleveland.com 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.

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