News coverage of Marin County Supervisor’s move to raise the living wage to $18/hour

November 30, 2023
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Marin County, CA – On November 7, Marin County Supervisors authorized a 7% increase to the County’s living wage, raising the wage from $16.80 an hour to $18 an hour effective January 2024. As a result of this increase, Marin IHSS workers will see their hourly wage increase from $16.95 an hour to $18. The increase will be phased in over two steps: it will increase to $17.45 an hour on January 1 and then to $18 an hour on February 1. With contract negotiations between Marin County and SEIU Local 2015 beginning in 2024, IHSS providers aim to bring the IHSS wage closer to a true living wage of $26 an hour.

NBC Bay Area: Marin County raises living wage to $18 per hour

The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to increase the county’s “living wage” to $18 per hour Tuesday, a 7 percent boost.

The living wage ordinance was first adopted in 2002 and requires contractors doing more than $25,000 in business with the county to pay their employees more than the state minimum wage.

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Marin Independent Journal: Marin increases ‘living wage,’ but home caregivers press for more

Talia Smith, a county administrative analyst, said Marin’s living wage is not a minimum wage for the county. Established in 2002, Marin’s living wage applies to county contractors and subcontractors doing business with the county for a value of $25,000 or more during a fiscal year.

“Historically the largest group that is affected by the living wage rate are the IHSS providers,” Smith said.

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