City says it won’t enforce emergency wage for Portland workers until 2022

As many as 23,500 Portland workers could eventually see a wage increase under the new ordinance, including 14,000 workers making less than $15 an hour, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy, a left-leaning research and advocacy group.

It is not clear how many workers would be qualified to received hazard pay this winter. The provision would effectively create a temporary $18 minimum wage for workers who are required to report to Portland workplaces during the emergency. It would not apply to those who work remotely.

Click here to read the full story, first published November 10, 2020, in Central Maine Newspapers.