Chapter 3.99 Fair Wage Policies


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(New Chapter Added by Ordinance No. 174839, effective August 24, 2000.)

3.99.005 Policy.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 187124, effective May 13, 2015.)  It is the policy of the City of Portland that employees performing certain categories of work under formal contracts for janitorial services, for security services, and for parking garage attendant services with the City of Portland be guaranteed a minimum fair wage.  City bureaus and operating units have the discretion to implement this policy in a reasonable manner.


3.99.010 Covered Services and Agreements.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 187124, effective May 13, 2015.)  The Fair Wage Policy applies to formal contracts entered into by the City of Portland, in accordance with Portland City Code 5.33, for janitorial services, for security services, or for parking garage attendant services.  No other agreement or contract entered into by the City of Portland shall be covered by this Chapter.
Exceptions to this Section may be approved via ordinance by a vote of the Council.


3.99.015 Compliance.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 187124, effective May 13, 2015.)  City of Portland bureaus or operating units entering into contracts for covered services shall include the minimum hourly wage rate established in PCC 3.99 in all procurement announcements and resulting contracts. Contractors’ compliance with the minimum wage requirements shall be monitored through submission of monthly certified payroll, mandatory employee notification of minimum wage rates via on-site postings, designation of bureau staff responsible for compliance monitoring and complaint resolution, and other measures deemed appropriate by the City bureau or operating unit.  Contracts entered into by the City for covered services shall also include a non-retaliation clause protecting workers who assert wage claims based on this Chapter.


3.99.020 Adjustments.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 187124, effective May 13, 2015.)  The fiscal year 2015-16 minimum wage shall be $15 per hour.  The Office of Management and Finance shall provide City bureaus with a yearly minimum hourly wage rate for covered services which is anticipated to be adjusted annually by the change in the Portland-Salem OR WA CPI-W as provided by the City Economist.  The adjustment shall be effective for all contracts on July 1 of each year.  In determining the adjustment amount, the Office of Management and Finance shall take into account the City’s overall financial picture, and OMF shall not interpret this Code to require any increase which is inconsistent with the City’s financial health and capabilities.


3.99.030 Documentation of Fair Wage in Contracts.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187124, effective May 13, 2015.) Contracts entered into by the City for covered services shall include in the agreement the minimum hourly wage rate at the time the contract becomes effective and at the annual adjustment date of July 1. For agreements and contracts not subject to Section 3.99.010, the City shall not rely upon, nor reference, this Chapter 3.99 in those agreements.