Berkeley City Council approves $15/hour minimum wage increase

Bay City News
Friday, August 26, 2016
Two women are seen working inside a store in the South Bay in this undated image.
Two women are seen working inside a store in the Bay Area in this undated image.

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on Friday to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 in two years.

The council called a special meeting for this morning to vote on a compromise between dueling measures on November's ballot that propose different timelines to raise the city's minimum wage.

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Berkeley's minimum wage is set to go to $12.53 on Oct. 1, still below the minimum wage in neighboring cities of Emeryville and Oakland.

Under the ordinance passed today, Berkeley's minimum wage will rise to $13.75 on Oct. 1, 2017, and then to $15 on Oct. 1, 2018. It will go up according to the consumer price index after that.

The City Council voted 8-0 to pass the measure at today's meeting. Councilman Max Anderson was absent.

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They will reconvene at another special meeting at 9 a.m. Monday for a second reading of the ordinance.

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