Raising the Minimum Wage for Working Men and Women in California and the Rest of America

Campaign Underway to Lift Oakland's Minimum Wage

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OAKLAND — The growing movement to help workers at the bottom of the pay scale has come to Oakland as a union-backed coalition seeks to enact one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation.

A proposed November ballot measure would increase Oakland’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $12.25, with future increases tied to inflation. It also would guarantee at least five annual sick days for all workers.

“People are seeing that the economic health of our city depends on lifting up those who are not earning enough to pay for their basic necessities,” said Beth Trimarco, a member of the Lift Up Oakland coalition, which includes powerful labor union SEIU Local 1021.

The group’s ballot initiative has already raised concerns from local restaurant owners and helped spur the City Council to consider a minimum-wage increase of its own.

Council members are tentatively scheduled to consider the issue in April.

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