San Francisco voters to decide on $15 minimum wage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.

The mayor, city supervisors and business and labor leaders announced yesterday they had reached a deal on a ballot measure for the increase.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that labor activists who were pursuing their own $15 minimum wage ballot measure will now drop their effort. They wanted the increase to take effect one year earlier, in 2017.

The city’s current minimum wage is $10.74 an hour. Under the ballot measure that will go before voters, it would increase to $12.25 next May, then to $13 in July 2016 and $1 each year after that until it reaches $15 in 2018.

Officials in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond and in Seattle have voted for a $15 minimum wage.

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