Minimum wage battle to collect signatures gets violent

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SAN DIEGO – Outside of an Albertsons store Tuesday, a man yelled and pushed another man to the ground in a fight brewing over the minimum wage hike debate.

The minimum wage battle has reached a fevered pitch as signature gathers attempt to overturn the San Diego City Council approval to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour.

In an attempt to gather enough signatures to force the minimum wage hike issue to a public vote, fights have broken out at various locations around San Diego. One man has been stabbed by a pencil, another was chased down a street, and there is blame to be placed on both sides.

Business leaders have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to cut the minimum wage back down to $9.25. Meanwhile, Rise Up San Diego has launched anti-signature campaign protesting would be signers.

“We are just trying to make sure these petitioners are not lying to get people to sign something they don’t understand,” said Tony Tee with Rise Up San Diego.

Petitioners have until September 17 to collect 32,000 signatures for the ballot measure, or the minimum wage increase will stand.

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