Living Wage Win in Court

By: Natalie Shepherd
By: Natalie Shepherd

A circuit court judge has ruled in favor of the city of Lansing, dismissing a lawsuit brought by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber filed the lawsuit last September, claiming Mayor Tony Benavides's executive order to implement a living wage violated the city's charter. Judge William Collette said the city's charter gives the mayor to issue such orders.
The living wage order will go into effect. It will raise the hourly wages of some employees to approximately $12.50 an hour. It effects employees who work on jobs contracted by the city, such as security and janatorial staff.
The city and Mayor Benavides say they are pleased with the outcome of the lawsuit. But the Chamber says it will be looking at it's options to go forward with the case.


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