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SAN DIEGO — Local labor officials say they may push a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in the city of San Diego and target it for the likely mayoral election runoff ballot in February.
The idea has been broached with city officials, but no firm plans have been presented.
A minimum-wage initiative could boost turnout among lower-income voters, potentially favoring a Democratic candidate.
Richard Barrera, secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, said raising the minimum wage in San Diego faster than scheduled increases approved by the state is the goal.
“We have identified this as a priority for the labor movement and for all working families,” he said Friday. “We believe the state law is a step in the right direction, but we would like to see it get to $10 an hour faster than before January 2016.”
Labor also wants to tie increases to the city’s cost-of-living index, a figure determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The statewide minimum wage is now $8 an hour. A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week raises it to $9 on July 1 and to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016.
Mickey Kasparian, head of the county’s largest union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, said organized labor has long discussed bringing forward a minimum-wage hike. But a specific proposal is still being developed, he said.
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excerpt from an editorial in the Springfield Oregon Register-Guard
“California’s bold move is helping to build momentum for higher base wages in other states across the country. In New Jersey, voters could make their state the fifth this year to boost its minimum wage if they approve a measure on Nov. 5 that increases the hourly rate by $1 to $8.25.
Prodded by organized labor and anti-poverty organizations, states as politically and geographically varied as Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts and South Dakota are pushing to put minimum wage hikes on state ballots in 2014. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are leading the way in Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
The raises that these lowest-paid workers receive result in increased consumer demand. Fast-food businesses that complain about minimum wage increases often fail to mention that their own businesses are among those that reap the greatest benefits.
New Jersey voters will decide in November whether the state minimum wage should be raised. The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll finds that the measure should pass by a wide margin as few voters believe this increase will have a negative impact on the state’s economy.
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