OAKLAND (KCBS)— A campaign is underway to boost the minimum wage in Oakland in a proposal that would surpass San Francisco’s rate, making it the highest in the nation.
A group called Lift Up Oakland wants to increase the city’s minimum wage to $12.25 an hour and tie the rate to inflation.
San Francisco has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $10.74 plus health benefits. UC Berkeley Labor Center chair Ken Jacobs said it has made a difference.
“As a result of the minimum wage law alone, over the last 10 years, we estimate workers have received an additional $1.2 billion in their pockets,” he said.