The proposal by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West would increase California's minimum wage by $1 an hour annually until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021. California's current $9 hourly wage, among the highest in the country, is set to increase to $10 next year.
It's the latest in a nationwide effort by unions and other groups to raise the wage. The cities of Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley have approved phased-in increases to eventually take their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the University of California system and Los Angeles County have adopted similar plans.
In New York, the state Wage Board has endorsed a proposal to phase in a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations.