San Jose Minimum Wage Set to Increase on July 1st

Tomorrow, San Jose’s minimum wage is set to increase to $12, a $1.50 bump an hour for the City’s lowest paid workers. This increase is part of an effort that began in 2012 when San Jose residents voted to increase workers’ wages from $8 to $10. Then, in 2016, as surrounding cities were committing to raises wages at a rate higher than San Jose, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved raising the minimum wage in $1.50 increments, until reaching $15 on January 1, 2019.

The regional push to increase the local minimum wage faster than the State of California requires, $15 by 2022, has also gained momentum. The cities of Los Altos, Palo Alto, Milpitas and Cupertino adopted legislation to reach $15 by January 2019. Mountain View and Sunnyvale have ordinances to reach $15 a year sooner, by 2018. Cupertino, Los Altos and Palo Alto increased their rates to $12 per hour on January 1, 2017. Minimum wages in both Sunnyvale and Mountain View increased to $13 at the beginning of this year as well.  Also in January was Santa Clara’s raise from $11 to $11.10, following its increase from $9 to $11 last year. Milpitas will increase its rates to $11 tomorrow, July 1, 2017.

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