Minimum wage increases up to $14 take effect across America

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SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) — Minimum wage hikes took effect Saturday in cities, counties and states across the country.

In San Francisco and Los Angeles, the increase is a step toward a minimum wage of $15 an hour — the “living wage” threshold that workers’ rights activists have been lobbying for since 2012.

The minimum wage went up to $14 an hour in San Francisco on Saturday, on the way to $15 next year. In Los Angeles, it rose to between $10.50 and $12, depending on the size of the business. It will hit $15 for all businesses in 2021.

“It’s a lot of help,” Agadette Solis, a 21-year-old IHOP hostess in Los Angeles, told CNNMoney.

She joined the Fight for $15 movement last year, and says her wages help support her two siblings and her mother, who has another baby on the way.

“Even if it’s $1 or $1.50, it’s more money for me to save up or spend on my siblings,” Solis said.

Her pay will jump from $10.50 an hour to $12.

Other parts of the country have approved more modest bumps. Maryland raised the minimum wage from $8.75 to $9.25 this weekend, then up to $10.10 next year.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Congress hasn’t raised it in 10 years.

Here’s where workers  got a boost on Saturday, and how much they’ve started making.

  • Chicago: $11 an hour.
  • Cook County, Illinois: $10 an hour.
  • Emeryville, California: $15.20 an hour for businesses with more than 56 employees, and $14 an hour for businesses with 55 or fewer employees.
  • Flagstaff, Arizona: $10.50 an hour.
  • Los Angeles: $12 an hour for businesses with more than 26 employees, and $10.50 an hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Maryland: $9.25 an hour.
  • Milpitas, California: $11 an hour.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: $11.50 an hour.
  • Oregon: $10.25 an hour. (Exception: $11.25 an hour in the Portland metro area, and $10 an hour in some counties designated as “non-urban.”)
  • Pasadena, California: $12 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees, and $10.50 an hour or businesses with 25 or fewer employees.
  • San Francisco: $14 an hour.
  • San Jose, California: $12 an hour.
  • San Leandro, California: $12 an hour.
  • Santa Monica, California: $12 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees, and $10.50 an hour or businesses with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Washington, D.C.: $12.50 an hour.

Sources: Employment Policies Institute, National Employment Law Project, National Conference for State Legislatures and Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.

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14 comments

  • steve

    Insane. Many of those that will get that raise are grossly overpaid right now, and those that think that productivity will increase even slightly are fools.

  • Michael

    So this lady is helping to support her siblings and mother who is having another baby she can’t afford.

    That’s not what MINIMUM wage is for. If you are making enough to do that then minimum wage didn’t NEED to be raised.

    • NM

      Michael obviously your one of those who fit into a category to be making tons of money and never had to struggle with minimum wage even with NO kids at all it isn’t enough!! You just take an average rent, electric, heat, car insurance, gas, food on minimum wage it’s not even close to what that person brings home a month!!!

      • Michael

        This article, and I, are both talking about the $14 minimum wage. That’s enough to pay the bills you listed with a roommate. Remember it’s minimum wage. You might not be able to live alone.

        That being said you are correct. I make over $30 an hour and find that I have enough money to live comfortably. I went to college to earn that rate of pay. These people want half as much to work at a fast food joint.

        • NM

          Yes at 14.00 minimum wage someone should be able to live comfortable. I was talking at the current minimum wage of 8.75.
          A job is a job no matter what! Have you worked at a fast food joint it is no cake walk, it may not require a degree but is a demanding job and deserves to be paid accordingly!!!

        • Lynn

          I totally agree. I spent a lot of money and time to go to college to get a degree and make what I make. I have worked in food service and while it can be demanding it is not even close to the demands I face now. The problem I feel is minimum wage goes up as it should with the cost of living rising, but other wages don’t increase like that. So they go from 7 to 14. Should I increase 7$ as well?!?!

          • NM

            I understand that some people went to college , including myself. Does that make it fair that someone who has a college degree almost makes 4 times what someone without a degree does? I have also seen a lot of people who have a college degree that don’t know half as much as someone who has real life experience!! Just cause someone can read a book and pass a test does not mean they know what they are doing!!

    • Underpaid

      Ask yourself this question, who is the dumb ass who hired these unskilled workers, then yall can complain about minium wages being too high.

  • Bud

    You can never pay someone who has absolutely no skills enough. They will always want more. Well they and thousands of others like her will soon kiss their job good-bye. Automation and self-serve kiosks will take the place of a human worker. No federal SS & medicare withholding, no benefits, no sick time off, no holiday pay. They will reap what they sow.