War over wages on the ballot in November?

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona voters will likely get a chance to weigh in on the war over wages this fall.

Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families on Thursday filed over 270,000 signatures with the state.

It was roughly 120,000 more than they needed to qualify for the November ballot.

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If passed, Arizona's minimum wage, which is already higher than the federal rate, would rise to $12 an hour from $8.05 an hour over the next four years.

In addition, employers would have to provide sick leave to employees working over 30 hours a week.

"We're not asking for crazy things we're asking for a fair wage for a fair days work," said Tomas Robles, an organizer with the campaign.

But expect fierce resistance from local business groups.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce has said the move to will hurt local business by driving up labor costs.

And one local bar owner says his staff could end up making less money off the deal.

David Smith, who has run Big Daddy's Lounge for 30 years, said he'd have to raise menu prices to offset paying his workers more.

That, he said, could result in customers stiffing his bartenders and servers on tips because they're paying more for the tab.

"They're going to come in for one or two beers and leave 50 cents or a quarter instead of a dollar because they're going to be paying a little bit more," Smith said.

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