Flagstaff’s Minimum Wage of $10.50 to Take Effect on July 1, 2017
On July 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Flagstaff increases to $10.50 per hour and Proposition 414’s enforcement provisions—now codified as Title 15 of the City Code—go into effect.
On November 8, 2016, 54 percent of Flagstaff voters supported a local citizen initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 and to eliminate the sub-minimum, tipped wage by 2026. The City Council’s amendment from March 2017 further raised the Flagstaff minimum wage to $15.50 by 2022, giving this high-cost community the highest minimum wage in the nation by initiative or legislative action.
“This is a big milestone toward a more prosperous and just community, in which people working in Flagstaff’s low-wage sectors can start seeing improvements in their economic situation,” noted Eva Putzova, currently seated Flagstaff City Councilmember, Prop 414 campaign’s main strategist, and chair of the Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition. She elaborated: “The fight of working people for dignity, fairness, and labor rights is far from over, but in November 2016, Flagstaff voters stood on the right side of history when they voted to raise the wage floor.”
“Nobody working full-time should live in poverty. Increasing the minimum wage and eventually replacing the exploitative tipped wage with one fair wage will make it a bit easier for working families to get by in Flagstaff,” said Sharon Baudelaire—an active member of the Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition and Community Education Program Coordinator at Northland Family Help Center.
The Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition calls on Northern Arizona University–Flagstaff‘s largest employer currently exempt from all local and state minimum wage laws, to honor the local prevailing minimum wage. As university employees also live in this high cost community and often work side by side with employees of third party contractors required to adhere to the local minimum wage (e.g Sodexo), it is appropriate and just for the university to raise its labor standards as well.
The Coalition continues to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the new law and to resist attempts by dark-money interests to repeal the minimum wage law.