Minimum wage bill moving through the Legislature

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 13, 2011

The Legislature is attempting to raise California’s minimum wage through AB 10 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas). This bill would increase the minimum wage beginning in January 2012 from $8 to $8.50 and then automatically index the wage rate upward every year according to the annual percentage of inflation reflected by the California Consumer Price Index.

AB 10 is bad for California. This bill will increase operational costs for employers and result in the loss of jobs, especially in the small business sector. California’s economy is recovering slowly and cannot afford additional barriers to growth. If employers are reluctant to hire additional workers, the state economy will suffer and the state’s fiscal situation will lose additional revenue. As the state continues to wrestle with an unprecedented unemployment rate and a dire budget deficit, the automatic increase will harm job creation by further increasing the cost of doing business in California.

Please tell your state legislator today that this is the wrong time to raise the minimum wage in California. They need to know you have concerns with the fiscal impact of this legislation.

Join the long list of organizations and companies opposing AB 10.  To add your name to a coalition letter opposing AB 10, email Cynthia Leon, CMTA Director of Labor & Employment, at

Find more details and a list of contacts for the next vote in Assembly Appropriations Committee at: 10 Call To Action Final.docx.

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