As previously reported, SF not only has the title of highest minimum wage in the nation but is the only one above $10. Understandable, given that the city’s one of the most expensive places to live as well. But, as The Golden Gate Xpress reports, some minimum wage-paid SF workers are making way less than SF’s minimum wage.
Some San Francisco State students working at their university have been making less than the $10.24 per hour wage mandated by the city, with some making, the X-Press reports, as little as $8.82 an hour.
SFSU isn’t breaking the law, however. As a state-run school they are only required to adhere to the state minimum wage of $8 an hour, with city authorities left seemingly powerless to change things.
Richard Waller, Supervising Compliance Officer with the SF Office of Labor Standards Enforcement tells the X-Press, “The city has no power to impose laws on other government entities; California state law just has a superior position.”
“There is nothing to prevent a change in the law except a lack of political will.”