Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increases in Albuquerque, San Jose, and Long Beach, CA

National Employment Law Project, Nov 7 2012

Albuquerque, San Jose, and Long Beach, CA passed ballot measures November 6 that will raise the minimum wage for workers in those cities. In San Jose, the minimum wage will increase from $8 per hour - the current minimum wage in California - to $10 per hour, and will adjust automatically in future years to keep pace with the rising cost of living. Albuquerque’s citywide minimum wage will rise from $7.50 to $8.50 per hour in January 2013, and will automatically adjust in future years with inflation.

A Living Wage, Long Overdue

New York Times, Dec 25 2011
New York City provides hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxpayer-financed subsidies to private developers. It is only right that the jobs created by those projects pay a decent wage. The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, widely known as the living-wage bill, would nudge these employers in the right direction.

San Francisco to be first city in US history to set minimum wage over $10

By Joshua Sabatini
San Francisco Examiner, Dec 4 2011
San Francisco will become the first location in the nation to have a minimum wage higher than $10 after the hourly rate increases by 32 cents on Jan. 1. ...

Minimum wage in The City has increased each year automatically according to inflation since San Francisco voters in November 2003 approved the minimum wage law Proposition L. The measure was placed on the ballot through a signature-gathering campaign.

The Impact of City-Specific Minimum Wage Standards

By Center for Economic and Policy Research
Mar 22 2011

Washington, DC – City minimum wages don't hurt the employment prospects of low-wage workers, according to a new report released today by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) that analyzes the wage and employment effects of the first three city-specific minimum wages in the U.S.

Claims That Employers at the Kingsbridge Armory Can't Pay a Living Wage Don't Add Up

By Paul Sonn and Julian Gross
Huffington Post, Dec 8 2009

This week, the New York City Council will vote on whether to proceed with one of the most exciting development projects in the city - the Kingsbridge Armory, the giant castle in the northwest Bronx that has been vacant for years. The city has approved over $60 million in public subsidies for the developer, the Related Companies, and the community is eager to welcome a bustling shopping center to a neighborhood starved for commerce and good jobs.

National Faith Leaders Call For Lifting Economy By Raising Minimum Wage

Sun Reporter, Jan 29 2009

Washington, DC - The leaders of 11 denominations and national faith organizations are among the inaugural signers of Let Justice Roll's letter in support of a $10 federal minimum wage in 2010. Nearly 400 faith leaders from all SO states have already endorsed $10 in 2010 and more are signing on every day.

California’s minimum wage set to increase to $8 per hour with New Year

By Dean Fryer
Dec 6 2007

California’s minimum wage set to increase to $8 per hour with New Year

San francisco - California workers who earn the minimum wage will see their pay increase to $8 per hour starting, Jan. 1, 2008. California will be among the highest minimum wage in the nation, tied with Massachusetts and second behind Washington’s $8.07.

Council sets 'living wage' City contract workers will also make at least $10 an hour.

OC Register, May 22 2007
Workers contracting with the city will make a "living wage" of at least $10 an hour plus benefits, matching the minimum city employees earn, the City Council ordered Tuesday.

The new law will go into effect instantly for new contracts and will be phased over the next four years for existing contracts. A second council approval is required to establish the law, which mandates that all employees hired by the city – or hired by the city through a contractor – be paid at least $10 an hour plus benefits.

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