Tag Archives: minimum wage

Protesters at McDonald’s Offer a Supersized Deal

More than a 100 people packed into McDonald’s at 24th and Mission early today, but they weren’t looking for an Egg McMuffin. They wanted a living wage and offered a bargain of their own: increase the minimum wage and taxpayers will save millions of dollars. “I want to get off government support,” said John D’Amanda, who has worked at a...

Businesses Weather Wage Increase

Beginning this May, San Francisco businesses must pay their employees $12.25 an hour. The voter-approved Proposition J will see the hourly rate rise to $15 in July of 2018. In the Mission, the near-closure of Borderlands Books – which cited the costs of the increase as a reason for going out of business – brought renewed attention to the effect of the...

Borderlands Fans Brainstorm To Prevent Its Closure

Throngs of science fiction lovers flooded Borderlands bookstore and cafe Thursday night to attend a communal brainstorming session about how to keep it open. They laughed, they cried, and they bounced around ideas for what might save, if not their favorite literary haunt, then maybe some other small businesses struggling to stay afloat in San Francisco. Owner Alan Beatts, who...

Rising Costs Hit Teachers Hard

Linda Perez, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann, shares her home with nine people — only two of them are family members. Frank Lara teaches fourth grade at the same school and has crashed on friends’ couches or shared a bedroom to make ends meet, all while struggling to repay a mountain of student loan debt. Laura Rocha, who...

Mission Businesses Worry Less About a Minimum Wage and More About Finding Employees

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, said several managers in the Mission, is hardly a concern. A more pressing problem? Getting enough hourly workers. Take Cancún Taqueria for example.  Already, most of co-owner Rico Geraldo’s staff works for more than minimum wage, with most earning somewhere around $13.50 an hour. When they’re working overtime, he has...

Minimum Wage Survival or the Flip Side of a Boom

Behind the counter of every tasty sandwich joint, hip bar, and go-to cafe so popular in the Mission are low-wage workers, manning the registers, chopping the vegetables, pulling the espresso shots. Many have worked for minimum wage for years, but that could change in November when voters will decide on a ballot measure that would raise the minimum wage from...

Minimum Wage, Housing Balance, Buyouts and More

Last night was the final Board of Supervisors meeting before they take a recess. Much like the last day of school, it was an action-packed event, full of tension, conflict, compromise and dreams for the future. Here’s a run-down of the evening’s highlights: The board unanimously approved a ballot measure that if approved by voters in November’s election would raise...