To enact an ordinance in Berkeley requires the majority of the Berkeley City Council to approve the proposal at two different meetings. On this coming Tuesday, June 10, the first vote on the proposed minimum wage ordinance will take place. If passed, hourly wages will peak at $12.53 by October 2016. Although we had proposed a higher hourly wage that includes a annual cost of living increase, we did not succeed. Nevertheless, the current proposal is not only a step forward. It will be a tremendous achievement. For the first time in history, the City of Berkeley will mandate a minimum wage for the vast majority of Berkeley workers.
We have been assured by several Council members that the proposal will be enacted. But of course, there is no guarantee since council members have reneged on previous promises. Nevertheless, we are very hopeful because a few weeks ago in a non-binding vote all the council members supported the bill.
If you would like to come to this event, we would love you to join us.