May 18, 2016 (San Diego) When San Diegans go to the polls on June 7, we will be voting on a minimum wage initiative. This was a battle in the city, and it is the ordinance that the Council passed in 2014. The measure was vetoed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and this veto was overridden by the city council
The measure approved the following wage schedule:
- $9.75 per hour on January 1, 2015
- $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2016
- $11.50 per hour on January 1, 2017
- wage attached to inflation beginning on January 1, 2019
It also approved a 5 day yearly paid sick leave. This is meant to prevent people from working while sick infecting others.
Since opponents qualified this for the ballot after signatures were gathered all this was frozen.
Labor is in favor of this still being passed, even though the governor has signed a law that will raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2022. Partly because it will move faster and it will give immediate relief to workers. It also includes the five days, instead of three in the legislation signed by the governor.
Business interests are against it making the argument that it will make the city less competitive.
Economic studies though show that this will stimulate the economy and similar arguments were made for San Jose for example, and the fears never came to be.