Election Results:  More States Voted to increase Minimum Wage; Approved Paid Sick Days

On Tuesday, Nov. 4 voters in four states supported measures to raise their minimum wages, bringing the number of states that have passed such laws to 29.  The four states include Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.  In addition, Illinois voters (by a wide margin) also recommended an increase to the minimum wage, but the vote was nonbinding.  Alaska’s measure will increase the minimum wage to $9.75 in 2016, the Arkansas measure raises the minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017, Nebraska’s will rise to $9 by 2016 and South Dakota’s goes to $8.50.

Also on Tuesday, Massachusetts, Montclair and Trenton, New Jersey, and Oakland, California all passed ballot initiatives which guarantee paid sick days to one million additional workers.  The initiatives guarantee workers in companies with more than 10 employees one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.

For more details, read the following articles.

  1. Right-leaning electorate veers left on sick days, minimum wage byPortland Press Herald
  2. Another million workers to paid sick leave by the Daily Kos
  3. Keeping Up on the Minimum Wage Work In Progress Blog by Department of Labor
  4. Election Means at Least Four More States Will See Higher Minimum Wages by HR Hero