Richmond Implements Highest Minimum Wage in California!

via Richmond Pulse:

News Report, Malcolm Marshall

Last week, the Richmond City Council voted in favor of a city ordinance that will increase the local minimum wage from $8 to $12.30 an hour by 2017. The increase will be phased in over 3 years, and positions Richmond to have the highest minimum wage of any city in California.

While the minimum wage increase was initially going to be left up to voters in November, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin opted to have city council members vote on three minimum wage proposals of $11 an hour, $12.30 an hour or $15 an hour. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the increase to $12.30, with council member Tom Butt casting the lone dissenting vote.

Minimum Wage Hike Moves Forward In San Diego

— A proposed minimum wage hike and mandatory sick leave policy that San Diego employers would have to provide is one step closer to reaching the November election ballot.

A committee on Monday gave Council President Todd Gloria’s the go-ahead to work with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith on the ballot language and bring it back for consideration on April 30.

vid cap from last month’s kick off:


Voters in Chicago: 87% YES! TO 15 NOW!

An 87 Percent Vote for a $15-an-Hour Wage

John Nichols on March 19, 2014 – 5:28 PM ET
$15 minimum wage

The fight for a $15 minimum wage spans from Seattle to Chicago. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Polls have since confirmed that Americans from across the political and ideological spectrum are overwhelmingly in favor of a substantial increase in the minimum wage. And election results are now confirming the sen

Now comes a powerful signal from Chicago.

When voters in the city went to the polls to cast ballots in Tuesday’s statewide and local primary elections, thousands of them faced an economic question: Would they support a $15-an-hour minimum wage for large employers in the city?

The results were overwhelming. With 100 of the 103 precincts where the issue was on the ballot reporting, 87 percent of voters were backing the $15-an-hour wage. Just 13 percent voted against the advisory referendum. That huge level of support will strengthen the hand of activists who are encouraging the city council to consider a major wage hike.

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Oklahoma City Initative Drive to Raise the Minimum Wage

The Central Oklahoma Labor Federation is leading the charge on a petition to raise Oklahoma City’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Supporting the initiative at City Hall Thursday was Mark Faulk, candidate for House District 88, Senator Connie Johnson, Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Dr. Ed Shadid, and local NAACP President Garland Pruitt.

“My name is Ron and I work at Carl’s Jr.,” read attorney David Slane in a note after filing the petition, “I have to worry about rent, groceries, electric, a car, insurance and there’s nothing left after taxes.”

Oklahoma Central Labor Federation: