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City to ponder raise for contractor workers

Wilmington City Council will take action next month on an ordinance that will require employees of city contractors to get paid at least $10.10 an hour.

The council’s finance committee had discussions on Councilman Darius Brown’s proposal Monday night, with council members and city officials mostly talking about the need to hire a contract compliance officer to make sure that each contractor would pay its employees $10.10 an hour.

The committee moved the ordinance to full council, which will consider the legislation on Nov. 6.

Brown said he asked that action on his legislation wait a month to ensure there is enough time to consider his ordinance because of several items scheduled for discussion at the Oct. 16 meeting. The councilman said he also wants to make sure that a study looking at the costs of hiring a contract compliance officer is done by next month.

Brown’s ordinance is similar to the executive order President Barack Obama signed in February that increased the minimum pay of thousands of federally contracted employees to $10.10 an hour.

In January, Gov. Jack Markell signed into law a minimum wage hike for all Delawareans. The minimum wage is $7.75 and will rise to $8.25 next June.

None of Wilmington’s approximately 1,100 city workers are paid minimum wage.

Brown said he initially intended to boost the minimum wage of all city workers, but shifted his focus to contractors once he learned approximately 1,100 city workers are paid minimum wage.

Contact Yann Ranaivo at (302) 324-2837, yranaivo@delawareonline.com or on Twitter @YannRanaivo.