Calif. min­i­mum wage hike to af­fect 440,000 work­ers

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown is ex­pected to sign leg­is­la­tion that would raise the min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, in­creas­ing pay for more than 440,000 health­care work­ers in the state.

The pro­posed hike, which passed the General Assem­bly late last week, would af­fect 5.6 mil­lion Cal­i­for­nia work­ers, 8% of whom are part of the health­care in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to a UC Berke­ley La­bor Cen­ter re­port.

Pub­lic sup­port for the bill quickly swept Cal­i­for­nia af­ter the SEIU-United Health­care Work­ers West union filed a $15 min­i­mum wage bal­lot ini­tia­tive in April 2015, and gen­er­ated more than 600,000 sig­na­tures in sup­port.

Un­der the leg­is­la­tion, the state’s $10 hourly wage will in­crease to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2017, and then to $11 an hour in 2018. It will then in­crease by $1 an­nu­ally un­til 2022.

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