Fight for 15 in Richmond
The Richmond City Council voted 6 to 1 (Tom Butt opposed) to direct staff to draft an ordinance increasing the Richmond Minimum wage in steps to $15.00/hr by January 2019. The ordinance also will remove several exemptions in our current ordinance. While this is still far below a “living wage” in the Bay Area it is a big improvement for low wage workers. The draft ordinance will be brought to the Council for a first reading on July 11. Council members felt it was important to move quickly to give businesses time to prepare for the first step increase in January 2018 and because low wage workers are hurting in this economy.