Deal reached to take California minimum wage to $15 an hour

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California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far.

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  • Ed

    Why not $30? Seriously. Wouldn’t that be better still?

    • Clink9

      By my math, twice as good!

      Why didn’t we think of this sooner.

      • JoeSchmuckatelli

        Bernie’s got it covered, he’ll take it from “the Rich.”

        • Clink9

          Looks like our works done here. Time for a beer.

    • luna

      Why not infinity?

  • canminuteman

    They’ll live to regret it.

  • I bet they’re clamoring for more before the wage reaches $15.

  • Dana Garcia
    • terrence

      I think most of them own shares in robot making companies. I have trouble believing anyone is STUPID enough to think that this will do anything but destroy small businesses, and all but eliminate jobs for teenagers – mostly boys, so that is OKAY, of course.

  • andycanuck

    Is it called the Illegal Alien Employment Bill?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Great.
    Raising the minimum wage effectively makes everyone else’s earnings worth less.
    By the way, have you been to a McDonalds lately?
    If I took my wife and kids there and let them shop with their eyes I am sure I wouldn’t get out of there without dropping over fifty bucks.
    Might as well go to the Keg.

    • John

      McDonald’s is just way to expensive for a family meal.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        If you’re going to spend the dough you might as well go for quality.

        • John

          Yep, exactly

    • Clink9

      Yep, I’ve been going to the better quality local joints for years now and paying about the same.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        It’s something to think about.
        The price creep has been almost imperceptible.
        It used to be the dollar menu but now it’s the value menu at a dollar twenty nine.
        It’s cheaper to get a pizza or a bucket of chicken and it never used to be.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Tomorrow’s headline: Thousands of California workers laid off.

    • BillyHW

      Replaced by Mexicans.

  • John

    In the end, this will just speed up the automation of minimum wage jobs.

    And will also stimulate the growth of a parallel, black-market in labor.

    The people in that photo should spend more of their energies on retraining and on education, REAL education.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    New York is set to duplicate California’s measure. This, of course, will lead to more workers being kept off the books.

  • JoeSchmuckatelli

    I can’t help thinking someone is missing from these wage negotiations…who could it be? Oh, right the wage PAYERS.

  • Uncommunist

    It’s a stretch but … Could it be that government union members foresee shortfalls wrt their pensions and in their way of thinking … by pushing for an increase in the minimum wage, they expect that workers will magically pay more taxes ? My theory is not rooted in basic economics ! … unions …hmmm sounds about right.

    • luna

      Not sure, but if pensions are guaranteed to pay fixed dollar amounts then devaluing the dollar (in this case labor) lowers the real inflation adjusted cost of paying out the pension. I doubt that’s anyone’s intention, but I guess inflation is the enemy of those living on fixed income.

  • Michael Onoo

    Who is going to pay the 27$ an hour CA welfare payments when they are replaced by robots. Most low skill labor will be replaced by robots in 15 years or less.

    • luna

      Where did you get the $27/hour figure from?

      • Michael Onoo

        Google total welfare costs for each state…calif isn’t even the highest at 27$ per hour

  • Alain

    They must have several thousand acres planted in money trees in California.

  • 20thCenturyVole

    Do I hear a MILLION dollars an hour?

  • pdxnag

    New business formation stops, among those who actually follow the law.

  • reidjr

    I think it was Washington where they wanted high min wage got it but had a fit when they found out they could no longer get social services like Canada if you under a certain amount you could get welfare not that case in Washington now.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Raise taxes to 40% as well

  • larryw408

    Unions pushing for increases in the minimum wage isn’t about raising the pay of the unskilled/entry-level (non-union) workers, it’s about inflating union wages that are baselined on the minimum wage. Minimum wage goes up, those union wages go up an equal percentage.

    • FactsWillOut

      …and union membership falls as the massive layoffs begin.