Alameda to Consider Minimum Wage Increase


Alameda City Council recently directed staff to draft a minimum-wage ordinance that increases wages above what state law requires. The Council cited concerns over the high cost of living in the Bay Area and growing income inequality.

In April 2016, the state of California adopted legislation to reach a statewide $15 per hour minimum wage by Jan. 1, 2023. In the Bay Area, 16 cities have implemented minimum-wage measures that are more aggressive than state law. Alameda’s current minimum wage, which follows the state standard, is $10.50 for small employers with 25 or fewer employees and $11 for those with more than 25 employees.

The city will host public workshops and stakeholder meetings later this spring and early summer with the intention to present a draft ordinance to the City Council in September. For more information, contact Eric Fonstein at or 747-6895.