November 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Cincinnati, OH, USA Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 has filed a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), charging that they are violating the city’s April living-wage law by paying some workers less than $15 an hour.
The ordinance requires the city or any entity that received 25% or more of its annual funding from the city to pay all full-time employees at least $15. The ATU says 12 full-time authority employees and 40 workers at a subcontractor that provides paratransit services for the disabled are getting less than that minimum. While SORTA receives more than 25% of its funding from the city, it is legally a state agency subject to state laws and regulations. Mayor John Cranley, who proposed the living-wage measure, “believes this ordinance applies to SORTA,” a spokesperson said. Read more