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Tucson raising minimum wage for city employees to $15 an hour

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2021-02-24 07:43:55-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Some employees of the city of Tucson are getting a raise next year.

The city is raising the minimum wage for its workers to $15 an hour, Mayor Regina Romero announced Friday afternoon. The change will go into effect in February.

A spokesperson from the mayor's office says the current minimum wage for city employees is the statewide minimum of $12 an hour -- rising to $12.15 on Jan. 1, per state law.

The spokesperson also said city employees currently making more than $15 an hour will also receive raises in order to adjust for "compression issues."

"As we head into the holidays, I want to thank each and every employee in our city of Tucson family," Mayor Romero said in a tweet. "I’m grateful for the sacrifices our workforce has made during these difficult times to continue delivering the services Tucsonans rely on."