Two weeks ago the L.A. Times wrote a piece about us, this time the national media is taking note of little Emeryville. A three-minute video segment (with some spots that most E’villains will recognize), profiles our town which is now known nationally as the “The city with the highest Minimum Wage in the America.” CNN Digital correspondent Vanessa Yurkevich profiles key players in its implementation including Mayor Ruth Atkin, EBASE representative Jennifer Lin and small business owner Chris Hillyard of Farley’s Coffee. “I know that any small independent business that was considering opening in Emeryville is probably going to have to consider if they are going to go forward with that.”
This is the city with the highest minimum wage in America
At $14.44 an hour, Emeryville, California has the highest minimum wage in the country.
Just two months ago it was $9.
Growing impatient with Washington’s progress on the issue, cities like San Diego, Chicago and Los Angeles have passed measures to gradually raise the minimum wage past the $10 mark.
But Emeryville, a small city across the Bay from San Francisco, didn’t wait. It cranked up salaries for its lowest earners by 60% overnight after an ordinance took effect on July 2.
“What meaning does a minimum wage have if it’s not a living wage?” asked Emeryville Mayor Ruth Atkin. “We should have a living wage.”
But Emeryville’s small businesses are already feeling the pinch.
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