Minimum wage for Durham city workers going up next fiscal year

Durham County News
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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The minimum wage for city workers in Durham is rising again next fiscal year. 

While that means more money for them, others living in Durham are still making $7.25. 

Deborah Brockington is a full-time nurse and has been making $10 an hour for four years.  

“Crucial,” she said. “Very crucial, basically I have just enough to pay my bills and that’s it.” 

She said she gets paid about $600 every two weeks and never has money left over.  

“Paycheck to paycheck and sometimes I have to borrow between paychecks,” Brockington said.  

The Durham City Council approved raising the minimum wage for city workers to $15 an hour in 2018.

The minimum wage is going up another 46 cents July 1. 

However, Brockington’s check isn’t changing.  

“I can’t live off of $10,” she said. “It’s hard for everybody across the board. I think $15 is really still not enough.” 

The fight for $15 an hour has gone on for years, along with criticism.

Local businesses owners tell CBS 17 the move could hurt their business, and others say $15 an hour is too much for some jobs.

But for Brockington, she feels her life would change for the better.  

“I won’t be living from paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “I will be able to go to the grocery store like everybody else and be comfortable with what I choose in the grocery store.” 

Durham’s mayor and city council are currently working to finalize next fiscal year’s budget. 

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