UW, state increase minimum wage to $15

Hourly state workers, including those employed at UW–Madison, will see a bump in their minimum wages to $15 an hour, up from $13.27 per hour, in spring 2020.

According to a Wisconsin State Journal story, UW–Madison will pay $1.1 million to facilitate the increase, which will not apply to temporary or student employees but will help the minimum pay scale for hourly workers in custodial, food-service, and animal care.

Gov. Tony Evers is hoping to increase wages for state employees by 2 percent in January, with another 2 percent raise in January 2021. By then, he hopes all permanent state workers would be making at least the $15 minimum.

The wage increases for all state employees totals $84 million, with Wisconsin taxpayers paying about $40 million of it.

The plan is still subject to approval by the Joint Committee on Employee Relations.