The elected official who led Los Angeles County’s adoption of a $15 minimum wage has endorsed one of two proposed 2016 ballot initiatives that would extend the same base pay rate statewide.
L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on Thursday threw her support behind the so-called Fair Wage Act, which would gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15. The campaign to place the measure on the ballot is being led by a branch of the Service Employees International Union, the United Healthcare Workers West.
The endorsement made Kuehl the most prominent political figure from Southern California to support the proposal, which is also being championed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff. A staunchly pro-labor Democrat who served in the state Senate and Assembly, Kuehl was the driving force behind the county’s July vote to raise the base wage.
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