A protester at a fast-food wage protest in Oakland in early December. They are asking for $15 and the right to form a union. (Sara Hossaini/KQED)
A protester at a fast-food wage protest in Oakland in early December. They are asking for $15 and the right to form a union. (Sara Hossaini/KQED)

Our time at the top of the bottom is coming to an end — at least for now.

The Washington D.C. Council voted last night to raise its minimum wage to $11.60, effective in 2016.

That tops San Francisco’s minimum wage of $10.74 an hour, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, and makes D.C.’s the highest planned minimum wage in the country.

But Washington’s distinction may not be long-lived.

That’s because Mayor Ed Lee announced earlier this month that he’s planning a ballot measure for next year that would raise the city’s minimum wage  to as much as $15.

That’s in line with what Bay Area fast food workers asked for during a recent protest.

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Olivia Allen-Price

Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer at KQED News and is editor of the Bay Curious series. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Olivia worked at The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She holds degrees in journalism and political science from Elon University, and has won awards from organizations like the Society of Professional Journalists, Society of Features Journalists and MDDC and Virginia Press Associations. She loves to talk about running, curly hair and the Baltimore Orioles.

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