San Francisco set to introduce nation's highest minimum wage

Apr 30, 2015 6:02 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is getting ready to raise its minimum wage to $12.25 an hour, a rate that will have the city joining Oakland as the locales with the nation's highest legally mandated pay for non-salaried workers.

San Francisco's new minimum is set to go into effect on Friday. It was approved by voters as part of an initiative that will increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2018.

The National Employment Law Project estimates that 142,000 workers will receive the higher wages.

Oakland's minimum went up to $12.25 in March, also a result of a voter-approved initiative.

The city council in neighboring Emeryville is scheduled to vote next Tuesday on a proposal to boost that city's minimum wage to $12.25 right away and to $16 by 2019.

California's minimum wage was increased to $9 an hour in July.

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