SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego is one of seven cities chosen by the AFL-CIO as places to focus a campaign to raise the minimum wage, the labor organization announced Wednesday.
The announcement about the group's 2015 Raising Wages Campaign came at the end of a national summit on the issue in Washington, D.C. The campaign will also focus on Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
Last year, the City Council voted to raise San Diego's minimum wage incrementally to $11.50 an hour, above the current state hourly standard of $9. But opponents in the business community collected enough petition signatures to force the issue to a public vote.
The wage hike is suspended until a vote can be held, likely next year.
"I appreciate the AFL-CIO joining my efforts to help more San Diegans make ends meet," said Councilman Todd Gloria, the chief proponent of San Diego's proposed pay hike. "Together we will make sure that voters understand the importance of passing a higher minimum wage for our city in June 2016."
An AFL-CIO statement said its campaign will "bring important energy, ideas and resources to critical battles."
Labor groups also plan to meet in Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina -- the first four presidential primary states -- to push for minimum wage increases.
Organized labor has been pushing for a national $15 an hour minimum wage, a figure that was adopted in San Francisco and Seattle.
Business leaders say such an increase would force them to increase prices of their products and services to customers, and either lay off employees or reduce their hours. In the San Diego debate -- affecting just one city -- business owners said higher wages would leave them at a competitive disadvantage with firms outside city limits.
A Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was dragged away from her daughters by authorities in a widely viewed video was being released on her own recognizance Tuesday by an immigration judge in Southern California.
After a nearly three-hour public hearing, the City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve a facility that would allow homeless people to store their valuables.
Kevin Towers, the former San Diego Padres player, scout and executive, will be posthumously inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on May 12, the team announced Tuesday.
A flamingo that mysteriously appeared in the South Bay last month - like most people - seems to not want to leave San Diego.
Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year- old victim who was fatally injured while playing a "punching game" with an acquaintance in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.
A woman accused of driving drunk and causing head-on crash that killed her passenger changed her plea on Tuesday.