San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced this week that he would support a ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage in 2014. Increasing the local minimum wage to a higher amount requires a ballot measure to be approved by voters. Minimum wage in San Francisco is currently at $10.55 per hour and will increase to $10.74 Jan. 1, 2014 due to the automatic wage increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.
The announcement comes on the heels of staged protests by labor unions demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour for fast food workers. Lee stated that he would work with a broad group of stakeholders, including the Board of Supervisors, large and small businesses, other employers, nonprofit organizations, labor unions and others to increase the minimum wage in a manner, “that it is fair, supports our businesses and boosts wages for working people.”
He further said that the $15 per hour minimum wage is worth analyzing, and would ask the stakeholder group for a thoughtful recommendation on how to best proceed in increasing the minimum wage.
The California Restaurant Association (CRA) has reached out to the mayor’s office to express concern on behalf of the industry. Advocates will continue to schedule meetings with the offices of the mayor and board of supervisors.
If you would like to participate in the meetings, or for more information, contact Javier González, director of government affairs, at 408.416.6344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.