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San Francisco Raises Minimum Wage to $15.00

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Ggb_by_night– via CNN –
San Francisco on Tuesday became the second U.S. city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage from $10.74 currently. It passed with 77% of the vote, according to initial results reported by local authorities.

The decision follows Seattle’s approval in June to raise its minimum wage to $15, the highest level in the nation.

Under the new law, wages will rise to $11.05 on Jan.1, then $12.25 in May before increasing every year until they reach $15 in 2018. After that, increases will be tied to inflation in the Bay Area.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee applauded the result and said voters “sent a message loudly and clearly” that “we can take on the growing gap between rich and poor.”

The move by San Francisco is part of a growing push in cities and states across the nation to give workers a so-called living wage.

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