The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday, Feb. 23, to increase the minimum wage in that city by almost 40 percent.
With less than a day’s notice, one city in our state voted to increase what employers must pay their minimum-wage employees by almost $3 an hour (from $7.25 to $10.10).
The Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage and Right-to-Work Act, HB174, will block local governments from mandating minimum wages, paid leave and work schedules.
The earliest the Alabama Senate can send that bill to the governor for his signature is Thursday.
Even if your store isn’t in Birmingham or you pay your entry-level employees well above the current federal minimum wage, it is in your best interest for your senator to vote “yes” on HB 174.
Having more than 400 different minimum wages and other mandated benefits in Alabama would be an administrative nightmare.The movement to create local minimum wages is strong. Besides Birmingham, efforts are being made in Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.
Frustrated with its inability to get a federal minimum wage increase, the Obama administration is in Alabama supporting these local efforts. Other cities will follow closely behind if the Alabama Legislature doesn’t stop local governments from determining local labor policy for employers.