The highest minimum wage in the nation is set to rise again in 2013, as San Francisco’s low-end compensation rate will increase from $10.24 to $10.55 per hour.
In 2003, voters approved a local ordinance tying the minimum wage to the regional rate of inflation in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Set at $8.50 per hour when the law took effect, The City’s minimum wage has increased in every year but one since 2004.
San Francisco will become the first location in the nation to have a minimum wage higher than $10 after the hourly rate increases by 32 cents on Jan. 1.
For charts detailing the yearly rise in minimum wage in San Francisco and its rank atop the numbers of other U.S. cities, click on the photo to the right. Read More
Lacrouts-Lyonnaise French Laundry, located in the Mission district, has violated San Francisco’s minimum-wage ordinance four times — a city record — and had to pay workers $177,346 in settlements, according to the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement. Read More
In December 2007, several employees of the Mission district’s Mi Tierra Market filed a claim for unpaid wages with the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement. They alleged that the market was paying workers $250 to $400 a week to work 12-hour days, six days a week.
Such practices would violate California labor laws and San Francisco’s minimum-wage statute, which mandates workers in The City must be paid at least $9.92 an hour. Read More
The minimum wage in San Francisco will increase to $9.79 an hour for San Francisco's lowest paid workers starting Jan. 1, 2011. Of course, that won't make any difference to the 40,000 residents who are still looking for work. Read More
Big Business, Big Government, and Big Labor — as Examiner colleague Michael Barone put it last week, they’re the Big Units, that often wield their clout to their own benefit and to the detriment of the public. Read More
It was a warm and fuzzy feature. It was on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and told how American Samoa produced a wildly disproportionate number of NFL football players for its population of 65,000. It was nice to be hearing something positive amidst all the current sadness until the announcer mentioned in passing how the economy of that South Pacific territory had been ruined by a minimum-wage mandate from Congress. Read More