While workers in Nebraska and the District of Columbia will receive higher pay after voters approved recent ballot measures raising minimum wages, a similar measure in Portland, Maine was defeated.
Portland’s Question D, “An Act to Eliminate the Sub-Minimum Wage, Increase Minimum Wages, and Strengthen Protections for Workers” would have increased the minimum wage for all workers to $18 an hour over three years, end the subminimum wage for tipped workers, and create a Department of Fair Labor Practices to establish rules for a minimum wage for taxi and app-based drivers and delivery workers.
Pierce Atwood litigation partner John Aromando attributed the outcome to “potential voter fatigue with citizen initiatives, including one for a $15 minimum wage in 2020.”
John added, “Portland just had a successful citizen initiative on the minimum wage question one or two years ago, so this is something that they keep coming back to, and I think they just exceeded the public’s tolerance for this.”
The complete article by Max Kutner can be found in the November 9th edition of Law360.