Minimum Wage Increases July 1

The minimum wage in the City of Alameda will increase to $13.50 per hour on Monday, July 1, for all employees working two or more hours a week.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed by the Alameda City Council on Oct. 2, 2018, increases the minimum wage to $13.50 on July 1, and to $15.00 on July 1, 2020, for all businesses in Alameda, regardless of the number of employees.

“Increasing the minimum wage in Alameda is the right thing to do. Not only is it difficult for minimum wage workers to live in the Bay Area, but Alameda’s wages need to be competitive with our surrounding communities,” said Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.

Alameda’s current minimum wage lags behind neighboring cities. Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Emeryville, El Cerrito and Richmond have recently adopted minimum wage ordinances. The current minimum wage in these cities ranges from $13.80 to $15.69 per hour.

“It is very important to keep up with neighboring cities’ minimum wages because the last thing we want is our workforce leaving the Island to find jobs,” said John Ngu, owner of Neptune’s on Central Avenue. “There are many local, small businesses along with big-box retailers and national corporations right here in town.” 

The full minimum wage ordinance along with frequently asked questions and the Official Minimum Wage Notice employers are required to post can be found at www.alamedaca.gov/minimumwage.