Eau Claire (WQOW) — Despite a state law removing the county’s ability to pay contractors more than the federal minimum wage, the Eau Claire County Board voted unanimously against repealing its living wage ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday.
The move was symbolic and also keeps the ordinance on the books in case the state law is changed in the future.
The ordinance pays workers a minimum of $11.68 an hour, as compared to the federal wage of $7.25 an hour. The law states that contracts signed before April 18 will remain under the rate set by the ordinance through the end of the year. However, any future contracts signed will be at the federal minimum wage rate.