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Contact Information

Office of Labor Standards
City of Flagstaff
211 W. Aspen Ave. 
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Office: (928) 213-2071

Office of Labor Standards Manager, Cliff Bryson
Office: (928) 213-2070

Flagstaff Minimum Wage Increase:
On July 1, 2017, the minimum wage for work performed in Flagstaff increased to $10.50 per hour, in accordance with Ordinance 2017-08 and Title 15-01 of the Municipal Code. 

The new minimum wage law will be enforced by the City’s Office of Labor Standards. Employers are required to post notices in their workplaces and notify employees of the new minimum wage, their rights under Title 15-01, including the right to be free of retaliation for raising minimum wage issues.

Employees who feel they have not been paid appropriately, or have been retaliated against for exercising their rights under Title 15-01, may file a complaint with the Office of Labor Standards.  The City will investigate possible violations of the minimum wage law, will have access to employee payroll records, and will enforce violations of the minimum wage requirements. 


Summary & Status
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  • Proposition 414 was a citizen's initiative
  • Read November 8, 2016 Information Pamphlet
  • On November 8, 2016 City of Flagstaff voters approved and passed initiative 414 – Initiative for a Living Wage - voting YES 14,913 (53.99%) and NO of 12,710 (46.01%)
  • On November 28, 2016 The Minimum Wage Act was proclaimed law by the Mayor and the Flagstaff City Charter and City Code Chapter 15-01 adopted Initiative Ordinance 2016-01 (Prop 414.) 
  • Link to Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage Act 
  • Download pdf of Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage Act 
  • A citizen petition to amend the initiative had been received and in accordance with the law the City Clerk had 20 business days to check the petitions for completeness followed by a verification of signatures by the County Recorder.
  • Sufficient signatures were verified by the County Recorder and it was placed on a future City Council agenda for the council to consider whether or not it would like to hold a special election on May 16, 2017. If the Council chooses to not call a special meeting it would be placed on the ballot in November 2018.
  • The City Council Meeting on January 17, 2017 had a discussion item on the agenda regarding Minimum Wage changes.
  • The City Council Budget Retreat had an agenda item at 11:55 regarding the Prop 414 impacts to the City of Flagstaff organization.
  • The City Council has limited ability under the law to affect these initiatives.
  • The Minimum Wage Special Election was decided by Council following the County Recorder's Office petition signature validation process that was completed by February 9, 2017.  
  • The Flagstaff City Council met on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 6pm for a Special Meeting to consider potential options regarding the minimum wage. The public was invited to attend the meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 211 W. Aspen Ave. Agendas and live streaming of the meeting was available on the City Website.  
  • At the February 14, 2017 Special Council Meeting there were approximately 285 people at City Hall and the Council listened to public comment for more than four hours. The Flagstaff City Council directed legal staff to develop a proposed amendment that would further the purpose of the Initiative for the Council to review. There was no special election on May 16, 2017.
  • The Flagstaff City Council met in executive session on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to receive legal advice related to a potential amendment to Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage. The first read of a potential amendment to Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage was tentatively scheduled to be considered by the City Council at the regular meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6pm.  The public was invited to attend this, and all City Council meetings, and were provided an opportunity to speak about agenda topics.
  • The City continued to prepare for the implementation and establishment of the minimum wage office as required under Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage effective July 1, 2017.
  • The Sustainable Wage Act also known as Inititative 2017-01 is a new citizen petion proposing significant changes to Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage. Initiative 2017-01 was certified for signatures on February 8, 2017 and by law Initiative 2017-01 The Sustainable Wage Act will be on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot.
  • On March 7, 2017 the Flagstaff City Council voted to do the first read and move forward toward amending Title 15, Labor; Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage of the Flagstaff City Code. The second read was scheduled for March 21, 2017. Click here to review Ordinance No. 2017-08 Minimum Wage amendment.
  • At the March 21, 2017 Flagstaff City Council voted to approve the second and final read amending Title 15, Labor; Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage of the Flagstaff City Code. This Ordinance No. 2017-08 Title 15, Labor; Chapter 15-01 Minimum Wage, Section 1501-001-0003 amending the timeline for increases in the minimum wage in furtherance of the purpose of Title 15 is effective July 1, 2017 with the first incremental increase of the minimum wage to $10.50.

    What Action Can The City of Flagstaff City Council Do Legally?
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    Question: Can the City Council repeal or overturn an adopted voter initiative? 
    Answer: No 

    Question: Can the City Council amend an adopted voter initiative? 
    Answer: No, unless by supermajority and it furthers the initiative’s purposes 

    Question: Can voters repeal or remove an adopted voter initiative? 
    Answer: Yes, through the same voter initiative process 

    Question: When does an adopted voter initiative become effective? 
    Answer: Upon approval of the voters and proclamation by the Mayor 

    Applicable Points under the Arizona Constitution 
    Article 4, Section 1(1) and (8) of the Arizona Constitution (the Constitution) reserves power to voters to pass new laws. Under the Constitution, Article 4, Section 1(14) a voter initiative approved by a majority of the voters cannot be repealed or overturned by the City Council. 

    Article 4, Section 1(6)(C) and 1(14) of the Arizona Constitution requires any amendment to further the purposes of the initiative and be approved by a supermajority of the City Council. 

    Article 4, Section 1 of the Arizona Constitution allows voters to propose and approve any initiative that repeals or removes law created by a previous initiative.

    Article 4, Section 1(5) and (13) and Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 19-126 indicate that a voter initiative becomes effected as stated in the initiative, upon approval of the voters and proclamation of the Mayor.