California workers earning the minimum wage could see pay increases starting in 2015, under legislation announced Monday.
Introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, the move follows President Barack Obama’s call during last week’s State of the Union address for legislators nationwide to try to boost wages for the lowest-paid workers. Mayor Ed Lee also has said he will pursue legislation locally this year to increase The City’s $10.74-per-hour rate.[jump]
Leno’s Senate Bill 935 would increase California’s minimum wage to $12 in 2015. It would then rise by $1 in each of the next two years. And beginning in 2018, it would increase annually based on inflation.
Currently, the state minimum wage is $8 per hour. It’s set to rise to $9 on July 1, then $10 in 2016.
Leno said his legislation has the backing of the California Labor Federation and other labor groups, the Women’s Foundation of California and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
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