NAACP Applauds Passage of Ohio Fair Minimum Wage AmendmentNovember 07, 2006
November 8, 2006
The NAACP applauds Ohio voters who overwhelming passed the "Ohio Fair Minimum Wage Amendment." With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the Fair Minimum Wage Amendment passed with 56 percent of the vote. The state constitutional amendment will raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.85 per hour beginning in January 2007. The minimum wage will then adjust annually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.
The new law will affect the lives of 300,000 minimum wage workers, and an estimated 400,000 workers making slightly above minimum wage who are likely to see an increase. In total, this represents about 14 percent of the Ohio workforce.
The NAACP supports increasing the minimum wage so that all workers are paid a living wage for their labor.
For the past several months, the NAACP Ohio State Conference worked to increase awareness of this issue across the state and to build coalitions in support for the amendment. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are over the age of 20.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.