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.

San Francisco No Longer Has Highest (Planned) Minimum Wage in U.S. 18 December,2013Olivia Allen-Price

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Olivia Allen-Price

Olivia Allen-Price is producer and host 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. She loves to talk about running, ice cream and curly hair.

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Email: oallenprice@kqed.org

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