5th Street Public Market raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

Officials with Obie Companies said they will pay all employees at least $15 an hour starting May 1.

Posted: Apr 15, 2021 12:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The company that manages the 5th Street Public Market in Eugene will soon be raising the minimum wage for their workers.

Officials with Obie Companies said they will pay all employees at least $15 an hour starting May 1.

A total of 100 people are employed at Obie Companies’ two hotels and at the market in Eugene and at their inn in Boise, Idaho. Of those, 60 will be receiving a pay raise with the change.

The reason behind the increase in pay, company officials said, is making open job opportunities more attractive to prospective employees.

“The past year has been very difficult for our company, with our focus on retail and hospitality, but it has also underscored the importance of taking care of one another,” said CEO Brian Obie. “With this change we are affirming our commitment to paying all staff a living wage and to continuing to provide our team members with opportunities for advancement within our company.”

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