Target: Mayor of San Francisco Edwin M. Lee
Goal: Support city’s minimum wage increase to $15 an hour
As the debate for raising minimum wage heats up, San Francisco’s letting their voters decide on the fate of the city’s minimum wage. In November 2014, voters will decide whether to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.
The mayor, supervisors, and other city officials have come to an agreement about the ballot that’s being presented to the public.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am. San Francisco is yet again setting the bar on workers’ rights,” said Supervisor Jane Kim, who helped broker the deal. “All San Francisco employers will be paying $15 an hour by 2018. There will be no tip credit, no health care credit. These are pure wages workers will be bringing home to their families.”
Labor activists who were also fighting for the wage increase will now stop their efforts, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. (Although they wanted the wage increase to take effect in 2017.) Currently the city’s minimum wage is at $10.74 an hour. The ballot measure will steadily increase the wage to $12.25 in May 2015, $13 in July in 2016, and a $1 a year until it reaches the required $15 in 2018. The pay for a full time minimum wage worker would be $31,000 annually. Officials from both San Francisco and Seattle, Washington are one of the first cities to vote for such a high minimum wage increase.
Many labor activists have been fighting for a minimum wage increase on a city, statewide, and national level. It is odd that the minimum wage hasn’t been raised in previous years, when history shows us that it has been raised before. As the price of living goes up, the government needs to ensure that minimum wage is able to provide the minimum for those surviving on it. If you support San Francisco’s wage increase sign this petition below.
Dear Mayor Edwin M. Lee,
It has come to my attention that you are allowing voters to raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2018. I know labor activists have been fighting for a wage increase for years now and finally the opportunity has come forward.
I am writing to you in support of this ballot measure. The cost of living is going up, and many citizens cannot survive on minimum wage alone. Unfortunately, some citizens have to get a second or third job to make ends meet. This is unfair to our citizens, and reveals a massive problem in our economy. Hopefully this wage increase will allow minimum wage workers to live a happier life and enable them to get jobs that pay more.
[Your Name Here]
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