San Francisco to Be the First Major US City with a $15 Minimum Wage

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Assemblymember Phil Ting speaks at an event announcing the implementation of The City’s $15 minimum wage in North Light Court at City Hall on June 29, 2018. (Kevin Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by the Bay City News Service on June 29, 2018.

The minimum wage in San Francisco will increase to $15 an hour on Sunday.

This afternoon, city officials and workers’ rights advocates who fought for the successful 2014 citywide measure Proposition J celebrated the increase during a ceremony at City Hall.

Proposition J, spearhead by the late Mayor Ed Lee and several labor organizations, mandated a series of about-$1 increases to the minimum wage every year thereafter, with the final goal to have it reach $15 by July 2018.

“We have a very simple philosophy here in San Francisco and that is that no one who is working a job fulltime should every have to live in poverty,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco. …

SF Chronicle 6/29

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