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CA Lawmakers, Unions Strike Deal To Raise Minimum Wage To $15

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California lawmakers and unions have reportedly struck a tentative deal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $15 by 2022, without putting the issue before voters.

Senator Mark Leno (D-CA) confirmed a deal has been reached. The Los Angeles Times reports that Governor Jerry Brown will formally announce details of the agreement on Monday.

The deal would raise California's minimum wage to $10.50 on January 1, 2017, and to $11 in 2018. Then, it would be raised by $1 each year until it reaches $15 in 2022.

Sources close to the L.A. Times said the state Legislature could vote on the wage deal as early as the end of next week.

If not approved, Californians will have the opportunity to chose between two union-sponsored minimum wage initiatives that have qualified for the November 8 ballot.

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