Poster created by the Berkeley Small Business Alliance
Poster created by the Berkeley Small Business Alliance

More than 100 small Berkeley businesses from across the city have joined forces as the Berkeley Small Business Alliance. The group is taking a stand on the plan to raise the minimum wage, set to be voted on at tonight’s City Council meeting.

In an Opinionator piece published today on Berkeleyside the Alliance says it supports the need to raise the minimum wage, but argues that the proposal as it stands may have too many unintended consequences on the small businesses that represent the backbone of Berkeley’s economy.

The plan under consideration “is simply raising the bar too far, too fast,” they say.

The Alliance is asking the mayor to postpone a vote to raise Berkeley’s minimum wage until a thorough Minimum Wage Impact Study is completed.

Read the op-ed in our Opinionator section and join the conversation there by leaving a comment.

Read more about Berkeley’s minimum wage increase on Berkeleyside, including other op-eds on the subject.

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