New Year brings pay hikes across USA

Workers across the country will receive pay raises as states and cities from coast to coast implement minimum wage increases to coincide with the new year.

Once these wage increases are fully phased in, 15 million workers will see raises — many to levels of $12 to $15 an hour — and new campaigns are launching across the country to bring pay hikes to more states and cities.

Here is a summary of what to expect in 2018:

Minimum wages will increase in 18 states and 19 cities on January 1.

In 13 cities, the minimum wage is already $12 or higher, including New York City with $13, Washington, D.C. with $12.50, and many California cities.

Several Silicon Valley cities, including Sunnyvale and Mountain View, will raise their minimum wages to $15 on January 1, joining Seattle and SeaTac, Washington. Later this year, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Emeryville, CA will join them with $15 minimum wages, and New York City will follow on December 31, 2018.

In a total of 6 states and 17 cities and counties, the increases will eventually reach $12 to $15 an hour once they are phased in over the next few years.

Later in 2018, 3 more states and 18 cities and counties will follow with more minimum wage increases, bringing the 2018 totals to 21 states and 35 cities and counties.

By the time these multi-year minimum wage increases are fully phased in, 5 million workers will receive raises.
Campaigns to raise the minimum wage are underway in at least 17 more states and cities, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and Nevada.

Campaigns for minimum wage increases are expected in at least 14 states and 3 cities, which would bring about pay raises in 2018 through 2020, if they are successful.

Campaigns to raise the minimum wage are underway in at least 14 states and 3 cities. All are pushing for wage increases of $12 to $15 an hour.

Leading campaigns include:

Massachusetts, where the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition this month submitted over 139,000 signatures to put a $15 minimum wage before voters on the 2018 ballot — and similar legislation will be introduced in the legislature.

New Jersey, where Governor-Elect Phil Murphy has promised to make a $15 minimum wage a top priority for his incoming administration.

Vermont, where state Senate President Tim Ashe recently announced that a $15 minimum wage is a “personal priority” for him in 2018.

Maryland, where, after Montgomery County approved the state’s first $15 minimum wage in November, a campaign is underway for a statewide $15 increase.

Missouri, where, after the legislature reversed minimum wage increases in St. Louis and Kansas City, workers are campaigning to put a $12 minimum wage on the 2018 statewide ballot.

Illinois, where the legislature this year passed the first $15 state minimum wage in the Midwest, only to be blocked by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto.

Michigan where advocates are campaigning to place a $12 minimum wage for all workers, including tipped workers, on the 2018 ballot.
Nevada where, after Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a minimum wage increase, the legislature referred a $14 minimum wage increase to the state ballot. If it is passed a second time in 2019, it will go before voters in 2020.

St. Paul, MN, where, after Minneapolis approved the first $15 city minimum wage in the Midwest which takes effect on January 1, advocates are campaigning to expand it to St. Paul.

U.S. Bancorp said it is raising its minimum wage to $15 for all hourly employees, joining a number of corporations that have benefited from a recent change in federal tax law..


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