At its December 14th meeting, the Bangor City Council adopted a minimum wage ordinance which will take effect January 1, 2017. The ordinance applies to all employees who work within the municipal city limits of Bangor regardless of the employee’s age or whether he or she is a tipped worker. Specifically, the wages will be applied to any person who performs work for an Employer for monetary compensation on a full-time, part-time, seasonal or temporary basis within the City limits. Additionally, a tip credit provision of the ordinance varies from State law by giving the employer a credit of 50% of the Bangor minimum wage instead of 50% of the State minimum wage.
The effective date of the Ordinance is January 1, 2017. According to Council Chair Faircloth, "The Bangor City Council prefers that the minimum wage be addressed at the state or federal level. Those who agree have a year to vigorously advocate for a federal or state minimum wage increase. However, if other levels of government won't lead, Bangor will lead with a moderate increase in the minimum wage. By January 2017 the minimum wage will have remained frozen for seven years. That is unacceptable. Bangor will defer to a state increase, but the increase will occur in Bangor regardless come January 2017." Should the voters fail to enact a state-wide measure in November 2016 than the City’s minimum wage ordinance will be implemented as follows:
• On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for all Employees shall be established as $8.25 per hour;
• On January 1, 2018, the regular minimum wage for all Employees shall be raised to $9.00 per hour;
• On January 1, 2019, the regular minimum wage for all Employees shall be raised to $9.75 per hour;
• Effective January 1, 2020, and every first day of each January thereafter, the minimum wage for all Employees, shall increase at the percentage set by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) of the previous most up-to-date twelve (12) months as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A copy of the ordinance can be obtained at www.bangormaine.gov/minwage or by calling 992-4204.