$25 Minimum Wage?!

(DailyEmailNews.com) – On the heels of a recent unprecedented job-erasing, inflation-inducing minimum wage hike for fast-food employees, hundreds of hotel and service workers in California are now demanding a $25 minimum wage for their sector only.

Supported by three local labor unions, these workers marched to the San Diego City Hall to urge the city council to raise the minimum hourly wage from $16.85 to $25 for hotel employees, janitorial staff and security personnel.

The proposed San Diego Service Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance targets lower-paid service roles at hotels, tech and biotech firms, conventions and sports venues.

Proponents of the wage increase argue that the existing wage scale, which tops out at $28 for some hotel workers, is not enough to live in San Diego.

“Twenty-five dollars an hour is still hard to live on in San Diego,” California Labor Federation chief officer Lorena Gonzalez said during the rally.

She added, “We know we are asking for something that barely, people who are working 40 hours a week could even get by on. This is not unreasonable … I want you to know that California’s unions, which I am proud to lead … stand shoulder and shoulder with you.”

Leaders from Unite Here, SEIU-United Services Workers West and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees spearheaded the rally.

Unite Here Local 30 president Brigette Browning disclosed that the next objective is to find a council member to sponsor the legislation.

If successful, the ordinance could be heard as early as this summer and potentially enacted by January 1.

This push comes after a recent statewide minimum wage increase for fast-food workers to $20 per hour, which began on April 1.

This hike has already impacted businesses. Eateries like Chipotle and Chick-fil-A have increased prices notably, while other businesses have had to lay employees off and adjust their business strategies.

Furthermore, most California healthcare workers will see their wages rise to $23 an hour starting June 1, with a gradual increase to $25 over the next four years.

Approved by Governor Gavin Newsom last October, this wage increase could raise salaries by up to 30%.

California’s minimum wage currently stands at $16 an hour, a rise from last year’s $15.50.

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