Oregon's minimum wage to remain $8.40 an hour

PORTLAND — Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said Wednesday that Oregon’s minimum wage workers won’t be getting a raise next year.

Oregon voters approved a 2002 ballot measure to raise the minimum wage and then tie it to the Consumer Price Index, a measure of U.S. inflation.

The wage gets recalculated every September.

Avakian says the CPI declined 1.5 percent between August 2008 and August 2009, so Oregon’s minimum wage will remain $8.40 an hour.

Oregon is one of ten states that annually adjust the minimum wage based on inflation.

The Oregon ballot measure did not include a provision for cutting the minimum wage when prices are falling.

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