Mayor Newsom statement
on minimum wage enforcement compromise
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
June 22, 2006
I am pleased that Supervisor Maxwell and I have found common
ground on this legislation and have agreed to fund more enforcement
resources without imposing a local fee on businesses.
While I have fully supported increasing resources to the Office
of Labor Enforcement (OLSE) for increased minimum wage enforcement,
I have been concerned about new citywide fee on merchants and
business to achieve this enhancement. Simply put, I believe we
must first look within the City budget to fund expanded enforcement
on laws passed at City Hall, rather than requiring local business
to fund enforcement of such laws.
Supervisor Maxwell deserves great credit for seeking to ensure
that the City has adequate resources to enforce this ordinance.
Indeed, the dialogue she initiated has resulted in placing increased
priority on these enforcement resources and increasing protection
for San Franciscos most vulnerable workers.
I look forward to supporting these new enforcement resources
in the subsequent fiscal year and in future budget years. Indeed,
we will continue to work collaboratively with Supervisor Maxwell
and Board members to ensure that OLSE has the resources it needs
to enforce critical workplace laws.