Berkeley debating proposals that would raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

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BERKELEY (KRON) — Berkeley is debating proposals that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The issue is there are two measures that could go before voters in November.

One would bump the minimum wage up next year.  Another would start the wage hike in 2019.

The city council is trying to hammer out a compromise so that voters do not have to pick between dueling measures.

Currently, the minimum wage in Berkeley is $10 an hour.

“This agreement shows that the City Council can put Berkeley’s community first. This is an important step forward for working families to earn a living wage for their hard work, and avoids a divisive and confusing campaign at the ballot box,” Workers’ rights attorney and EBMUD Director Andy Katz said.

The city council will vote on the matter Thursday night.

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