Lawmakers and labor unions in California have reached a deal to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The tentative agreement would end a lengthy dispute between California Gov. Jerry Brown and unions, Danielle Karson reports for NPR.

Under the new deal — which still needs to go before the state legislature — the minimum wage would increase gradually over the next six years.

The minimum wage in the state increased to $10 in January, under legislation passed in 2013.

Labor unions in California have been pushing for another increase, but lawmakers weren't biting. Then the unions led a campaign to put the question of a wage hike before state voters in November — and days ago, one such initiative qualified for the ballot.

That initiative would gradually raise wages by a dollar a year for the next five years, and "impose future increases with inflation," The Los Angeles Times reports.

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