Gov. Jerry Brown today formally announced a deal with labor unions to increase California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees would get an extra year to comply.
"This bill is doable," Brown said. "It’s helping workers. I think it will work in all parts of the state under all conditions.”
Under the deal, wage increases could be suspended in poor economic conditions. Brown says that’s one of the reasons he supports it. He said this agreement is more flexible than several ballot initiatives union groups are trying to get on the November ballot.
“I think it would be a very few business people who would lobby against this bill," he said, "because then they just would be cutting their own throat."
Laphonza Butler is president of Service Employees International Union Local 2015, which represents nursing home and home health care providers in California. She says the larger service workers union could abandon its ballot initiative efforts.