How much is minimum wage in Las Vegas

Living in Las Vegas is markedly cheaper than living in other major cities that have passed $15-an-hour minimum wage. Housing in San Francisco, for instance, costs 183 percent more than in Las Vegas, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research. Still, Las Vegas’ cost of living is similar to several cities, including Portland, Maine, and Tacoma, Wash., that are considering a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Hot on the heels of San Francisco and Seattle, Los Angeles became the most recent city on the West Coast to pass a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

• Labor mobilization

Service Employees International Union Nevada has explored a minimum wage initiative, state director Brian Shepherd said, but the union won’t decide until mid-to-late summer whether to move forward with a campaign.

Similarly, the Culinary Union is talking about a “plethora” of options as the 2016 election approaches, including registering members to vote and looking at a potential minimum wage initiative, political director Yvanna Cancela said.

Click to enlarge photoThe AFL-CIO is focusing its efforts on raising the minimum wage in Nevada by hosting an AFL-CIO Raising Wages Summit this year.

Though the unions say they remain undecided about whether to pursue an initiative, state Sen. Tick Segerblom, who sponsored the state constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage to an hour, said he wouldn’t be surprised if an initiative appeared on the ballot.

“At the end of the day, I think the minimum wage will be about $15, ” Segerblom said. “But that’s one of the questions: Do you move it up $1 or $2, incrementally? Eventually, I think it needs to be about $15. Someone working 40 hours a week right now isn’t above the poverty line.”

If an initiative does not appear on the ballot in 2016, Segerblom said he hopes to bring a constitutional amendment back to the Legislature in 2017.

• Companies that already boosted minimum wage

Several companies have taken it upon themselves to boost worker pay.

Wal-Mart in April increased its minimum wage to $9 an hour and promised to raise it to $10 an hour by February 2016, which will result in raises for 500, 000 of its 1.3 million employees.

The Gap raised its minimum wage to $10 an hour.

Ikea raised pay for thousands of U.S. workers by an average of 17 percent to $10.76 an hour. Starting Jan. 1, the furniture chain’s minimum wage will rise again, to $11.87.

Health insurer Aetna has said it would pay a minimum of $16 per hour, more than double the federal minimum wage.

• Companies challenging Nevada’s minimum wage

Five restaurant chains — including Landry’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Dotty’s — challenged the constitutionality of Nevada’s minimum wage law in a federal lawsuit filed last month.

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