Skip to comments.San Francisco leads the way with $15 minimum-wage ballot measure
Posted on 06/15/2014 9:49:04 PM PDT by Steelfish
San Francisco leads the way with $15 minimum-wage ballot measure
Eleven years ago, San Francisco set precedent with the first citywide minimum-wage boost, giving it the highest wage floor in the nation. Another first soon required all employers to provide paid sick days. Yet another mandated healthcare for all.
Now, the city that recently won dubious distinction for the fastest-growing wealth divide is leading again.
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 - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Mayor Ed Lee last week stood with the full Board of Supervisors, labor and community groups and even a representative of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to announce a "consensus measure" for the November ballot that would boost the city's minimum wage to $15. It would reach full implementation before Seattle's similar increase and contain fewer exemptions.
It comes as other citywide wage boosts are being crafted in Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond, which have shared some of the sting of San Francisco's soaring cost of living.
Unlike in Seattle, San Francisco employers would have to comply regardless of their companies' size and receive no credit for sick or healthcare pay they already provide. Workers who receive tips are included.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Dang man, what a bunch of tight wads. No wonder everybody’s so poor. Why not at least $100 minimum wage?
I wonder why they aren’t shooting for 25.00 or maybe 50.00 per hour. Don’t they care about “the little people”?
“I wonder why they arent shooting for 25.00 or maybe 50.00 per hour.”
Not to worry...They will be supplying Sertamatics to all the street bums to replace their cardboard mats.
More and more unemployed “ street people” for a city that’s already choking full of them. Congrats, political hacks, you’re achieving your goals of destroying more jobs and driving more and more workers onto your welfare system
Like many wealthy liberal cities, their wealth is hidden in plain sight and mostly tax-free.
If we get amnesty, I will be all for a $15/hr minimum wage.
Condign punishment for them. Hell for the rest of us.
Are these people insanely stupid - you can’t do something like this unilaterally without causing untold harm to your local community and causing business to seek another refuge. Any company with any sort of portability will simply move to another county or state. Those who cannot will not be able to compete with companies outside of their region and will go broke. Those who are to get this $15/hr will be forced to move somewhere else to get work. The place will be like Chicago within 2 years!
The only wealth this will spread around is the ‘wealth’ of the working class who will have to pay more for their basic needs.
San Francisco leads the way? Seattle’s thug City Council has already passed the $15 minimum wage.
I should have read the article. San Francisco is going full bore into the $15 minimum wage. San Francisco will have fewer exceptions and will reach full implementation sooner than Seattle. Watch the business migration out of San Francisco.
This is happening in a number of states. California businesses are already moving to Texas.
It really annoys me when people in power don’t consider the consequences of their decisions on the people in their constituency but rather make decision purely on an ideological basis - this goes for both sides!
“Congrats, political hacks, youre achieving your goals of destroying more jobs and driving more and more workers onto your welfare system”
I disagree with these minimum wage laws, but I believe they are intended to lure people OFF welfare. It is an unofficial government admission of the rampant inflation we are dealing with, and the gibsmedats are better off having essentials provided for them rather than trying to pay their own way with minimum-wage Monopoly money that won’t cover their bills.
The left has so disincentivized work, and the Obama has so inflated the US currency, that they see no other way to get people off their asses anymore; welfare became more lucrative than honest work at low wages.
Money just falls out of the sky. It comes from Obama’s stash or something.
Go, San Francisco! You show the rest of CA how it’s done! Make business owners pay people twice what they’re worth. You can do it! Kill that goose!
(This is going to crash and burn so spectacularly. I can’t wait to see businesses leaving CA in an unbroken steam of cars and jets headed East. Then all the politicians left behind looking around and scratching their heads.)
Many businesses cannt pay the higher wages. They shut down. That
Makes more unemployment. Others cannot pay as many hours at the higher wage rates. They cut employment back. We agree that these proposals do admit to the inflation caused by these politicians.
Don’t misunderstand me; I don’t believe for a moment that these minimum-wage hikes will work. I just think the rationale behind them is misunderstood. Our government can’t deal with the unrest of people doing without, and now must figure out a way to get people off their arses who are the laziest, most apathetic people imaginable.
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