SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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.
“This is not a done deal,’’ Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
“Everyone’s been operating in good faith and we hope to get it through the Legislature.’’
Leno said if an agreement is finalized, it would go before the Legislature as part of his minimum-wage bill that stalled last year.
If the Legislature approves a minimum-wage package, it would avoid taking the issue to the ballot. One union-backed initiative has already qualified for the ballot, and a second, competing measure is also trying to qualify.