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Mayor Landrieu signs 'Living Wage' ordinance

(Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu officially signed a measure that requires some city contractors to pay their workers higher wages.

Known as the “Living Wage Ordinance,” the measure was authored by Jared Brossett. City Council unanimously approved the ordinance on August 6.

The new law applies to companies with city contracts worth $25,000 or more, or companies that have received grants of $100,000 or more to pay employees involved in city-contracted work.

Under the new measure, these companies would be required to pay their workers at least $10.55 an hour and provide a minimum of seven paid sick days.

Landrieu placed his signature on the ordinance Monday during a signing ceremony at New Orleans City Hall. The ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. 

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