YMCA of San Diego County will be hiking its membership rates – a move it says is necessary because of the city’s decision to raise the minimum wage.

This month, all San Diego County YMCA members should be seeing a $1-$3 per month increase, depending on the type of membership they have, Courtney Pendleton, a spokeswoman for the organization, said in an email.

“As with many organization and businesses, changes to California minimum wage laws will impact our operating expenses throughout the YMCA of San Diego County,” she said. “Other factors such as new health care regulation, continued gas and electric rate hikes and rising water rates all increase our organization’s business costs as well.”

The price increase won’t affect the different services offered, such as gymnastics classes and other youth programs.

The YMCA of San Diego County employs 896 full-time workers and another 4,206 part-time employees, Pendleton said.

Many of the part-time employees who will be getting a raise work directly with kids in a variety of programs. Pendleton said some employees will receive a slightly higher raise than the minimum wage increase requires, based on market salary research in order to keep the company competitive with other businesses.

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The YMCA, of course, is just one of a multitude of businesses impacted by the minimum wage increase. Other local business have asked customers cough up a bit more in order to break even.

City Attorney Mara Elliott said in January that she is investigating restaurants that add a surcharge to customers’ bills as a response to the minimum wage increase.

In June 2016, San Diego voters approved a staggered minimum wage increase – it rose to $10.50 an hour in July, and $11.50 an hour in January. The state, meanwhile, approved its own wage hike that will eventually lift the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2022.

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    Written by Adriana Heldiz

    Adriana Heldiz is Voice of San Diego’s Assistant Digital Manager. She makes videos and helps manage the organization’s online presence. Adriana can be reached at adriana.heldiz@voiceofsandiego.org.

    Bill Stoops
    Bill Stoops

    Of course.  Prices go up when employers are forced to pay more for labor, etc, assuming there is enough elasticity available in higher prices.  When there is not, the business ceases to operate, and people once working are back in the hunt, or they become more dependent on social safety net programs.  The notion that government through  a majority vote can dictate wages and somehow make it then possible for the low end worker to be paid a "living wage", whatever that is, denies reality, and denies human behavior.  Add to that the interference in freedom the majority has imposed on the individuals that choose to operate businesses with their own money, and add immoral rights infringement to the stupidity of ignoring basic economics.  

    Bill Bradshaw
    Bill Bradshaw subscribermember

    @Bill Stoops Hard to argue with Mr. Stoops' flag waving logic, but there's a distinction I'd like to draw.  The YMCA has already notified me of a price increase, and I understand it's validity regardless of it's effect on my pocketbook. 

    The increase at restaurants, on the other hand, would have been much less or completely non-existent if there had been provision to count at least a portion of tip earnings as wages for compliance purposes, say, the amount reported on wait staff 1040s.  Instead, in many cases and 100% of the high end restaurants, the wait staff, already taking home more money than anyone besides, perhaps, the executive chef, is doubly rewarded for the sake of Sacramento ideology.  My practice now is to reduce the amount of the tip to 10% or less.