Living Wage Ordinance

EMERYVILLE LIVING WAGE GOES UP JULY 1, 2018

The City of Emeryville’s Living Wage Ordinance (Chapter 31 of Title 5 of the Emeryville Municipal Code) annual increase will take effect on July 1, 2018. As provided in the ordinance, the new hourly living wage rate for 2018 – 2019 will be $15.73.

The Emeryville City Council adopted the Living Wage Ordinance on October 17, 2006 to assure that City employees; contractors who do business with the City; lessees of public property; recipients of City financial aid; and subcontractors earn an hourly wage that is sufficient to live with dignity and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The ordinance went into effect July 1, 2007.

The “Living Wage” is an hourly wage level that sets wages at a level higher than the Federal or State minimum wage. Pursuant to the ordinance, the Living Wage rate can be no less than $12.00 per hour (including wages and health benefits).

The Living wage rate is adjusted annually on July 1st to reflect the 12-month average in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) for the preceding year from March through February, for which the increase may not exceed 3% in any one year. The annual Living Wage rate is adopted by City Council resolution.

The Initial wage rate and escalation schedule is summarized in the following table:

Year
CPI
Amount
July 1, 2007

$12.00
July 1, 2008
Unknown
Unknown
July 1, 2009
Unknown
$12.67
July 1, 2010
1.10%
$12.81
July 1, 2011
1.50%
$13.00
July 1, 2012
2.75%
$13.36
July 1, 2013
2.60%
$13.71
July 1, 2014
2.30%
$14.03
July 1, 2015
2.90%
$14.44
July 1, 2016
2.70%
$14.83
July 1, 2017
3.00%
$15.27
July 1, 2018
3.00%
$15.73

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LIVING WAGE VS. MINIMUM WAGE

Living wage applies only to the City of Emeryville employees and parties who do business with the City or receive financial assistance from the City. The Minimum Wage applies to large and small businesses with the city limits (as those terms are defined in the Ordinances).