Voters Support Increase of Minimum Wage to $15 by 2018

San Francisco voters appear to be supporting a measure on Tuesday’s ballot to increase the city’s minimum wage, according to complete unofficial election results.

The minimum wage, which was last raised to $10.74 in January, will gradually increase to $15 per hour by 2018 under Proposition J.

According to the complete unofficial results, nearly 77 percent voted in favor of Proposition J. The measure needed a simple majority for approval.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee released a statement on the voter approval of the ballot measure.

“Tonight, San Francisco voters sent a message loudly and clearly to the nation that we can take on the growing gap between rich and poor, we can give a well-deserved raise to our lowest wage workers, and we can do it in a way that protects jobs and small business,” Lee said.

The minimum wage in San Francisco will raise to $11.05 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015, and will continue to increase by roughly a dollar per year until 2018, according to the measure.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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  • basilzhang

    Good luck to ya SF! But I don’t think it’s going to work! After all, this will hurt small businesses big time. How many mom+pop stores can afford to pay their employees $15/hour. The McDonald’s, Walmart’s, and Starbucks can probably afford to take the hit (if they decide to stay), but the small guys will have to close up shop.

    I don’t see how they think this is a good idea. So, not only do we have to give these people welfare checks, EBT cards, free housing, free tuition, free transportation, etc., they now want higher salaries? Good grief! I have student loans I pay back ($350/month), high rent costs ($1700/month), $350/month health insurance (from Aetna), $24/month car insurance (thank god for Insurance Panda), $400/month for food+drink, gas/tolls/parking ($150/month), and I work 60 hours a week. If anyone should be complaining, it should be me.

    Bring on the robots and more automation! And please, don’t raise the minimum wage in new York

    • mx

      How many workers can afford to live anywhere near SF on $10.74/hour (the old minimum wage)?

    • oorfenegro

      mom+pop stores have much more to worry about from their landlords seeking to raise their rent 2000 percent so that the McDonald’s, Walmart, Starbuck or a botique that sells $100 socks can move in than increasing the pay for their workers. The local barber has raised prices from $12 to $30 because of rent increase so whatever the cost of increasing the minimum wage will be passed on to customers The Starbucks in my building does about $3,000 an hour in business so they aren’t going anywhere. Also paying someone $15 minimum wage wage would disqualify the worker from welfare, EBT, free tuition and other items you mentioned. Also be careful for what you ask for because robots and automation may soon replace your job.