Dec 17 (Reuters) - Washington's city council (click here) on Tuesday approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the highest rates among U.S. cities and part of the wealthy region's push to hike base pay.
The minimum wage in the U.S. capital would rise in 2016 from the current $8.25, and then be indexed for inflation. The council gave unanimous final approval to the measure, which it first passed two weeks ago.
Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray has opposed the measure, saying it was not known how it would affect the labor market, and urged an increase to $10 an hour instead. The unanimous vote means the council could pass it over Gray's veto....
The AFL/CIO has been advocating for the increase in minimum wage. This is from their newsletter. They are happy underpaid labor is finally being treated with fairness to provide a better quality of lifel