"We appreciate all of the support from our restaurant members and supporters, as well as the leadership from Council President Kevin Kelley, during our aggressive campaign to protect Cleveland from activists," said ORA President & CEO John Barker. "The ORA is committed to protecting our industry from government and activist over-reach while promoting restaurants as a great place to start careers, earn skills and develop a lifelong profession."
The SEIU withdrew their petition weeks after state legislators passed a bill banning cities from setting their own minimum wage.
"There's a reason why the state minimum wage is in place," said ORA Director of Government Affairs Joe Rosato. "We have to have a level playing field for businesses in Ohio."
SEIU has said they will reevaluate its efforts. The ORA will provide further communications, as needed, after our next ORA Government Affairs committee meeting on Jan. 19.
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