North Carolina hospital raises minimum wage to $12.50

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina hospital has announced plans to raise its minimum hourly wage to $12.50 an hour.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said Friday the $1.50 increase is part of its goal to increase the living wage to at least $15 an hour over the next several years.

The not-for-profit system said 9 percent of its workforce, or about 1,460 employees, benefit from the increase that has gone into effect. The current increase means salaries for affected employees go from $22,800 to $26,000.

The Wake Forest Baptist announcement comes nearly three months after Novant Health Inc. announced in August it had approved a similar $1.50 raise to a $12.50 minimum wage.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com