Ohio Supreme Court to mull Cleveland minimum wage dispute

CLEVELAND (AP) — A union-backed group seeking to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Cleveland is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to put the issue on the November ballot.

City attorneys argue it’s too soon for the court to decide anything because Cleveland’s council hasn’t voted on legislation automatically created by the group when it submitted wage hike petitions in May. Council is expected to vote on the legislation next Wednesday.

Council leadership and Mayor Frank Jackson oppose raising the minimum wage in Cleveland alone, fearing it could cause businesses to close or move elsewhere. Cleveland attorneys also argue that City Charter timelines won’t allow for a November vote.

Attorneys for the group, Raise Up Cleveland, argue council must put it on November’s ballot after the group submitted additional signatures.