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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