The Democratic Party has adopted the $15 minimum wage on its platform despite presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton’s fears that it will eliminate jobs.
Democrats on Monday released their proposed 2016 platform, which lays out the party’s official principles and policy statements. The party officially endorsed the $15 minimum wage at the center of a long-running union campaign. The wage rate, which is more than double the federal minimum of $7.25, would also apply to tipped workers, such as waiters, who earn $2.13 an hour.
The activist group leading the charge to enact a $12 minimum wage in Maine pays its workers less than that amount.
Minimum wage increases are set to go into effect in 15 localities on Friday.
Thirty percent of businesses said they would eliminate jobs if the minimum wage were increased to $15 an hour, according to a survey from Express Employment Professionals.
New Jersey could become the third state to adopt a $15 minimum wage backed by labor unions and activists.
The Washington, D.C., City Council passed a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 for hourly employees on Tuesday and increased the tipped wage to $5 an hour.
Nearly half of Washington, D.C. employers said they have either laid off employees or reduced the hours of employees to adapt to the District of Columbia’s minimum wage hikes since 2014, according to a report from the Employment Policies Institute.
Supporters of California’s $15 minimum wage are now working to increase the threshold on government services, despite their previous insistence that higher wages would save taxpayers money.
Ted Strickland, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, on Wednesday encouraged Ohioans to apply for the state Democratic Party’s unpaid, often full-time summer fellowships, despite having made “fair wages” and a federal minimum wage increase a cornerstone of his campaign.
Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi warned against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, arguing that the shift would hamper the entry-level job experience needed for career advancement.