minimum wage

SAN DIEGO VOTERS APPROVE RAISING MINIMUM WAGE AND SICK TIME FOR WORKERS

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

June 8, 2016 (San Diego) – By a resounding 63% to 37% margin, voters in the city of San Diego approved raising the minimum wage.  The ballot initiative also mandates 40 hours of paid sick leave a year for full-time workers.

GOVERNOR SIGNS MINIMUM WAGE HIKE; LOCAL CHALDEAN BUSINESS GROUPS SPLIT ON MEASURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  The increase will be gradual, with the minimum wage going up from $10 an hour to $10.50 next January, $11 the next year, then rising by $1 a year, after which raises would be tied to the cost of living.  Small business will have an extra year to comply and the Governor could waive increases in bad economic times.

GOVERNOR CRAFTS DEAL WITH UNIONS FOR $15 MINIMUM WAGE—WITHOUT A BALLOT MEASURE

 

Update March 31:  Both houses osf the Legislature have passed this measure, which is now on the Governor's desk for signature and is expected to be signed into law.

East County News Service

March 29, 2016 (Sacramento) -- A deal hammered out by labor leaders and Governor Jerry Brown would raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour without the need for a ballot initiative, if it is approved by the Legislature.

Under the agreement, most businesses would phase in the increase in wages gradually over several years, starting at $10.50 in January 2017, $11 in January 2018, then rising $1 a year until January 2022, when it would reach $15 an hour.  Businesses with less than 25 workers would have an extra year to meet the new wage requirements. (View full details here.)

SIGNATURES TURNED IN FOR INITIATIVE TO OVERTURN MINIMUM WAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2014 (San Diego)—Opponents of San Diego’s new minimum wage ordinance have gathered 56,000 signatures, more than the 34,000 needed to qualify the measure for the June 2016 ballot. The Registrar is currently working to verify the signatures. If it qualifies, the wage increase will be put on hold until voters weigh in.

PETITION GATHERERS ACCUSED OF MISLEADING VOTERS IN EFFORT TO OVERTURN CITY'S MINIMUM WAGE

 

August 24, 2014 (San Diego)—Last week, San Diego’s City Council voted to over-ride the mayor’s veto of a minimum wage increase.  That means the increase will take effect, giving raises to low-wage workers throughout the city as well as sick days to all workers citywide.

WHAT COULD RESULT FROM A MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE?

By Jaden Jimenez

June 18, 2014 (San Diego)--Raising the national minimum wage would affect millions of workers all over the country. But would it hurt or help the economy? During the recent years, minimum wage workers, labor and support groups have come out in favor of the idea of raising the minimum wage to help the poorer individuals who live off what they say is an inadequate salary. However some business interests and fiscal conservatives have voiced opposition.

GLORIA PROPOSES MINIMUM WAGE HIKE FOR CITY OF SAN DIEGO

 

Measure could have ripple effect across region, including East County

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 27, 2014 (San Diego) –San Diego is the fifth most expensive city in America to live in, according to the New York Times, which reports it takes 41.4% of gross income on average just to pay rent in San Diego.  An estimated 200,000 people in the city of San Diego earn minimum wage and about 300,000 households in  our region have incomes too low to meet basic expenses, according to the Center on Poilcy Initiatives.

Aiming to help those who are struggling to make ends meet, Councilman Todd Gloria is asking the City Council to approve a ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage.  If approved by voters in November, the measure would raise the minimum wage citywide to $11.09 an hour in July 2015, $12.09 in July 2016 and $13.09 in July 2017, with cost of living increases after that.  The measure would boost incomes by 30 percent for the lowest  paid workers. It would also require employers to provide five paid sick days to workers.

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS BILL RAISING MINIMUM WAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 25, 2013 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Assembly Bill 10, a measure that will raise California’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9  starting July 1, 2014 and to $10 an hour on January 1, 2016.

 “The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” said Governor Brown. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”

AB 10 was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce. The group’s website states that the bill will “will continue to increase costs on employers of all sizes, regardless of other economic factors or costs that California employers are struggling with to sustain their business.”