Minimum wage in California will reach $15/hour by 2023, but localities are doing more now. In 2016, California legislators passed Senate Bill 3 that will increase the state’s minimum wage by $1/hour each year until it reaches $15/hour. As of the beginning of 2019, 18 cities in the Bay Area, such as Berkeley, San Francisco, Milpitas, and Palo Alto, have a higher minimum wage than the state. And many more will continue to increase their minimum wages in the coming years. Learn more.
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After serving an eight-year prison sentence, Michael was looking for an opportunity to become a commercial electrician. He learned about Working Partnership’s Trades Orientation Program at a reentry center, and immediately signed up for the program which helped him get a three-year apprenticeship as a low-voltage electrical apprentice. He is now earning a living wage with full health benefits and a pension, and may continue on to become a commercial electrician when he is finished.
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