Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council president, at a rally Thursday for the minimum wage and sick day boost. Photo credit: @kirstenclemons, via Twitter.

San Diego’s City Council will meet at 11 a.m. Monday to consider overriding Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of a law to increase the minimum wage in the city and give workers five paid sick days, council President Todd Gloria said Thursday.

The council voted 6-3 last month to increase the minimum wage. At least six votes are needed to override Faulconer’s veto.

The ordinance would increase the minimum wage to:

  • $9.75 on Jan. 1
  • $10.50 in January of 2016, and
  • $11.50 in January of 2017.

Beginning in January 2019, the pay scale would be indexed to inflation.

“The City Council should stand up for the 38 percent of San Diegans who are counting on this raise to help them better make ends meet, and I hope they will override the mayor’s veto,” Gloria said.

The mayor vetoed the ordinance Friday. At a news conference, he said business owners would raise prices and make it difficult for them to compete with similar enterprises in neighboring cities.

The mayor has said he favors state or federal increases because that would leave everyone with a level playing field.

Business community leaders who oppose the minimum wage increase say they are considering their options, including collecting signatures to force the issue to the ballot.

Supporters of the sick leave requirement said it will keep employees from showing up for their jobs while ill and running the risk of infecting their co-workers.

Gloria had 30 days to schedule an override vote. That period led to the next scheduled meeting, on Sept. 8 after a four-week break. He has since canceled those meetings, making the next regular meeting Sept. 15.

– City News Service

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