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Beth Israel raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Tuesday became the third large Boston teaching hospital to commit to raising its starting wage to $15 an hour.

The new wage will go into effect in early 2016, giving a raise to about 850 employees, or about 13 percent of the hospital's workforce. The hospital's current minimum wage is about $12 an hour.

"BIDMC has always tried to pay a competitive wage," Dr. Kevin Tabb, chief executive of the hospital, said in a memo to workers. "We have also had a multi-year plan to raise our minimum wage to $15/hour. It's the right thing to do, and thanks to our strong performance recently we are now in a position to accelerate our plans."

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Last week, Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center said they would boost starting wages to $15 an hour.


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