San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made a big show of support for low-wage workers when he, this week, came out in support of a $15 an hour citywide minimum wage.
“San Francisco is an expensive place for working families. I believe the time has come to bring an increase in the minimum wage to the voters, and I will support a ballot initiative in 2014 that significantly raises the minimum wage to help San Francisco’s lowest paid workers keep pace with rising consumer costs,” said Lee in a statement.
“I will work closely with the Board of Supervisors, large and small businesses, other employers, nonprofit organizations, labor partners, and those who represent working families to make sure we do this in a way that is fair, supports our businesses and boosts wages for working people. The national debate stirred by fast food chain employees across our country for a $15 per hour minimum wage is worth evaluating, and I will ask this group for a thoughtful analysis of how an increase in the rate will affect our economy, businesses and workers.”
Mayor Lee went on to say that even though it would only be a few dollars increase from the city’s current $10.55 minimum wage (it is set to increase on January 1st to $10.74), he believes that even those few more dollars an hour would drastically help working families.
“San Francisco should lead by example,” exclaimed the mayor.
San Francisco already has the highest minimum wage in the country, but even so, Mayor Lee insists that it will help the city continue to prosper in many ways.
“Raising the minimum wage will not only help working families in San Francisco, but it will boost the local economy and drive consumer spending by putting money in the pockets of our lowest paid workers,” said Mayor Lee.
The federal minimum wage is currently at $7.25 an hour, but President Obama has expressed support in raising it to $10.10 per hour.