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Denver passes $15 per hour minimum wage for city workers

Posted at 9:04 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 23:04:13-04

DENVER — City employees and people who work at businesses operating inside city facilities will soon see their pay increase.

The Denver City Council unanimously voted Monday evening to bump the minimum wage for city employees to $15 an hour by 2021.

Under the approved measure, the minimum wage for city employees and contractors would raise from $11.10 to $13 per hour by this July. It would then increase to $14 per hour in 2020 and $15 per hour by July 2021.

More than 1,500 city employees will see a raise because of the change.

The measure comes after a group of employees at Denver International Airport turned in signatures to try and get their initiative to raise minimum wages for some airport workers to $15 an hour onto the May 2019 ballot in Denver. DIA is owned and operated by the city and county of Denver.