California $15 Minimum Wage Law Passes

SACRAMENTO—Unionists and low-paid workers in California won big on March 30 as the state legislature, on party-line votes – Democrats for, GOP against — raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 hourly by 2022. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the law on April 4.

 

The new law may make a referendum to raise the wage at an even faster pace – which state unions had petitioned to the ballot – unnecessary. Speaking to the press, Brown added the $15 wage should spread to the rest of the U.S.

 

The $15 minimum wage would raise the pay of at least 6.5 million workers, or up to 43 percent of all Californian workers, in stages, calculations show. That’s important, as the Golden State is home to one of every eight people, and workers, in the U.S.

Unions and Fight for 15 led the long campaign for the increase. California’s current minimum wage is $10 an hour, while GOP opposition has kept the federal minimum at $7.25 hourly for almost a decade.

 

Source: PAI