California To Gradually Raise Minimum Wage
California enacted a law Wednesday that will gradually raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10, making Californians the highest-paid hourly workers in the U.S. The rate will increase to $9 on July 1, 2014, and to $10 on January 1, 2016.
Over 90 percent of California's minimum wage workers are over the age of 20, and women of color are disproportionately employed in industries paying minimum wage. The increase, the state's first since 2008, will boost a full-time worker's income by $4,000 to about $20,000 a year. "For millions of California's hard working minimum wage employees, a few extra dollars a week can make a huge difference to help them provide for their families," said Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg in a statement earlier this month.
California's law follows protests around the U.S. by fast food and Wal-Mart workers demanding higher wages. President Obama has also pushed for a federal minimum wage raise, from the current $7.25 to $9, with indexing for inflation.
Media Resources: Feminist Newswire 10/10/2013, 7/31/2013, 8/27/2013; CNN 9/25/2013; Feministing 9/26/2013
© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine .
Send to a Friend
More Feminist News
- A federal civil rights lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a Wisconsin woman who was jailed after allegedly using methamphetamines while 14 weeks pregnant.
Tamara Loertscher, 30, Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That's Putting Pregnant Women in Prison was jailed after seeking prenatal care at a Mayo Clinic branch in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. . . .
- A newly-created anti-abortion group has announced a new tactic meant to end abortion access nationwide.
In the wake of Personhood Groups Plan to Launch County and Municipal Measures to Restrict Abortion Access major defeats for personhood ballot measures in Colorado and North Dakota's recent elections, anti-abortion extremist Gualberto Garcia Jones, who authored Colorado's failed Amendment 67, is now instructing groups to abandon statewide votes for personhood amendments. . . .
- On Saturday, December 13, the National Action Network (NAN), NAACP, and other civil rights organizations led the Justice For All March in Washington, DC. . . . Thousands Marched for Justice in Washington, DC in the Wake of Fatal Police Violence