BERKELEY (KCBS) – How does a nearly 30% wage hike sound to you? It could become a reality for thousands of minimum wage workers in Berkeley.
Mayor Tom Bates is hopeful that Berkeley will match San Francisco’s minimum wage, which stands at $10.55 per hour. San Jose recently raised its minimum wage to $10 per hour. Currently, minimum wage in Berkeley is $8.00 per hour.
“It’s important to get some money in people’s hands,” Bates said in favor of the proposed hike. “If we’re ever going to get this recovery of the economy people have got to spend money. And they’ve got to have money to spend and if people are working hard every day, they deserve to get a bump or raise.”