San Francisco voters to decide on $15 minimum wage

By From page A6 | June 12, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

The mayor, city supervisors and business and labor leaders announced on Tuesday that they had reached a deal on a ballot measure for the increase.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am. San Francisco is yet again setting the bar on workers’ rights,” said Supervisor Jane Kim, who helped broker the deal. “All San Francisco employers will be paying $15 an hour by 2018. There will be no tip credit, no health care credit. These are pure wages workers will be bringing home to their families.”

Labor activists who were pursuing their own $15 minimum wage ballot measure will now drop their effort, the San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1pGBkJ9). They wanted the increase to take effect one year earlier, in 2017.

The city’s current minimum wage is $10.74 an hour. Under the ballot measure that will go before voters, it would increase to $12.25 next May, then to $13 in July 2016 and $1 each year after that until it reaches $15 in 2018. At $15 an hour, the annual pay for a full-time minimum-wage worker would be $31,000.

Officials in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond and Seattle, Washington, have voted for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Small businesses in Seattle have seven years before the wage hike kicks in.

Gwyneth Borden, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, told the Chronicle that restaurant owners wanted an exemption for workers who receive tips. She also said employers should get credit for what they spend on workers’ health care.

“We are a very different type of industry. Hospitality is the backbone of the city and a very labor-intensive endeavor,” Borden said. “For businesses with tight margins and low prices, it’s going to be hard.”


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  • Tax PayerJune 12, 2014 - 5:44 am

    $15 a hour to work and live in SF! Better make it $50 a hour!

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  • CD BrooksJune 12, 2014 - 7:39 am

    I have stated that I am against raising the minimum wage. For the record I believe it should be stopped now and/or reduced to $5 an hr. If you complain about taxes and regulations, you should certainly be on board. I will no longer support any fast food or restaurants that raise their minimum wage going forward. It is out of control and we'll cook at home. If it is within reason, I will not support any establishment that raises their minimum wage. If you care to stop this madness, there is only one way to do so. Don't go there...

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  • patrickJune 12, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    The kids that flip the burgers will be replaced by machines. It already is being done in some eastern cities. A high school graduate will have no place to go.

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