Multnomah County will phase in a $15 an hour minimum wage for all its union and non-represented employees.

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved a collective bargaining agreement Thursday with AFSCME Local 88, the primary union representing county employees, that boosts the lowest-paid workers to $15 an hour by 2017, the final year of the contract.

After the contract was ratified by commissioners, County Chair Deborah Kafoury announced the wage increase will be extended to about 400 on-call and temporary employees as well.

“These employees help us conduct elections and operate our libraries and perform other key services for county residents,” Kafoury said after announcing her executive decision. “It is only fair that they be included with our permanent employees.”

The contract boosts the county minimum wage to $13 an hour for Local 88 employees retroactively, effectively July 1 of this year, and gradually up to $15 an hour. That move ultimately will cost the county about $200,000 a year.

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