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Ballot measure seeks to raise hospital wages in Arizona

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Posted at 8:18 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 11:18:55-04

PHOENIX — Arizona hospitals plan to challenge a potential ballot measure that, if approved, would raise wages for their workers, reports Capitol Media Services.

The proposed measure, which is being pushed by the California branch of the Service Employees International Union, seeks to give hospital employees a 20% raise across a four-year span.

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association told Capitol Media Services the 2018 average wage of a full-time employee at an Arizona hospital was more than $75,000 compared with the statewide average wage of $49,290.

That average figure does include employees such as doctors, physicians and executives. The proposed ballot initiative would only provide raises to other employees who work in hospitals, such as nurses and custodial staff.

Click here for the full story from the Phoenix Business Journal.