Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with the Ohio Attorney General for initial approval of their ballot initiative seeking to increase the state minimum wage to $13 per hour in 2025. To get on the ballot, advocates must gather just shy of 423,000 valid voter signatures by July 1. As drafted, the petition calls for a 90 cent per hour increase effective January 1, 2021 followed by an annual $0.85 increase each year thereafter until the minimum reaches $13/hour in 2025. Subsequently, the wage would be increase commensurate with the inflation rate as current state law provides.