The AFL-CIO is working to overturn provisions of Ohio House bill 690, which excludes farm, home health care and amusement park workers from the state’s recent minimum wage increase.
Union leader Baldemar Velasquez said the law continues a “tragic heritage” of discrimination against farm workers, particularly Latinos. “We are not beggars or social parasites,” he said. “We are not asking for a handout, but rather a fair day’s pay.”
Gov. Ted Strickland voiced his agreement, saying he wants to revisit the legislation.
Ohio’s new minimum wage of $6.85 per hour took effect Jan. 1 and will be adjusted annually based on the consumer price index.