11 Aug

San Francisco Elections Promise $15 Minimum Wage

San Francisco is known to have the highest wage floor in the US and lately San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee has mentioned a consensus measure that he would boost the city’s minimum wage to $15. This wage increase will reach full implementation before similar wage increases will be provided in Seattle. This significant wage increase will also have fewer exemptions.

Mayor Lee has announced this measure with the full support of the Board of Supervisors, various labor and community groups and representative of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

Same measures are actually developing in other cities. Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond are also following suit basically due to higher costs of living in San Francisco and these locations as well.

Lee mentioned in one of his press conferences that “This is one of those great issues we can all unite around… the shared belief that someone who puts in a hard day’s work deserves a respectable wage.” According to Lee’s proposal, employers will need to comply to this measure no matter what the size of their companies. The companies also do not get credit for sick or healthcare pay that the company already provides. This proposal will result in $15 an hour by July 2018.

Supporters of this measure call it a boost to support the dignity of workers. The city obviously has the lowest unemployment rate of only 4.4%. Supporters are from different sectors of the community like the Service Employees International Union Local 1021. Members of the SEIU also backed a similar initiative in Oakland which is a boost of up to $12.25 an hour by March as well as mandatory payment for sick days by employers. City councils in Berkeley and Richmond are also developing their own version.

A lot of employers in the city are already taking different sides to the story. Some complain about higher operation costs while some have no choice but to follow the new measure once ti becomes implemented soon. There will be no doubt that employees will be receiving better pay and businesses will continue to boom. But does it really have to cost so much?