Fair Wage Initiative Filed in Eureka California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    July 26, 2012

TWELVE DOLLARS AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE   
Fair Wage Initiative Filed in Eureka California

Press Contact:  Kimberly Starr (707) 442-7465, info@fairwages.org, eurekafairwageact@gmail.com,

Humboldt Co, CA: The Eureka Fair Wage Act, requiring large employers to pay a minimum of 12 dollars per hour, was filed and fees paid with the Eureka City Clerk’s office on Wednesday, July 25th.

Eureka residents active with Occupy Eureka, Veterans for Peace, Richardson Grove Action Now, PEOPLE PROJECT, and Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community, filed the Eureka Fair Wage Act due to prolonged wage stagnation, poverty levels highest in the state (1), and the recent invasion by Walmart, a company characterized by theFair Wage Act proponents as “the most abusive and criminal retail outfit in the world.”

This has been a powerful week for working class people, Tuesday July 24th being a National Day of Action to raise the federal minimum wage followed by the Eureka Fair Wage Act being filed in northern California.  Proponents anticipate false claims from large companies and politicians about how awful the raise in the minimum wage will be for working people, but extensive research shows that a weak minimum wage increases poverty and shatters families.  According to the National EmploymentLaw Project (NELP), no minimum wage worker, at 40 hours a week, can afford a two bedroom rental at Fair Market Price.  “Higher wages improve lives and boost the local economy,” says Eureka resident and Fair Wage proponent Bill Holmes.

The proponents took input from groups including the Humboldt/Del Norte Central Labor Council and the National Employment Law Project, and inspiration from similar efforts, successful around the state and country.  Small businesses, employing less than 25 people, are exempt from the Eureka Fair Wage Act, and there will be a phase in time of 18 months for larger non-profits so they can adjust their grant funding.

Kimberly Starr, a volunteer with Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community and signatory to the initiative spoke to television cameras before the filing.  “We know that this filing is a step toward uniting working class people in this area to stand up for ourselves, to insist on our DIGNITY, to build strong forces, to oppose predatory corporations like Walmart, and refuse to labor for the purpose of filling the CEO’s or the boss’s pockets and bank accounts, while we get next tonothing.”

JamesDecker, local activist and member of Occupy Eureka, U.S Air Force veteran and home healthcare worker declared after signing the initiative: “With the Fair Wage Act we are taking action to stop the flow of dollars … to Wall Street and the investment bankers, keeping these dollars here in the local community.  We have targeted larger employers that have the ability to pay a fair wage.  We are going to force the ‘Walmarts of the world’ to be good neighbors or go back to Arkansas.”

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*Websitefor the Initiative:  http://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com

*Textof the proposed initiative, Eureka Fair Wage Act: https://www.box.com/s/3ad802141c0c0260f300

*Videoof the statements made at the filing can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4r-XVemQxc&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJkIG_FNkDs&feature=youtu.be

*Photosfrom the filing available on request.

1  Humboldt County’s poverty level at 19.2% is seven points higher than the statewide average which is 12.4%, ranking  Humboldt County as 56th poorest of 58 CA counties. While wages and employment are down, corporate profits are thriving.

Defending Our Community:

http://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com

mailto:eurekafairwageact@gmail.com

You Are Invited to the Filing of the Eureka Fair Wage Act!

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Contact:  Kimberly Starr  (707) 442-7465, parc.office@gmail.com

EUREKA RESIDENTS WILL BE FILING EUREKA FAIR WAGE ACT

 You are invited to the Filing of the Eureka Fair Wage Act on Wed, July 25th:

 Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition
“…Walmart and other large retail outlets have a negative impact on wages and benefits for working people in the communities where they open stores. To remedy that negative impact, large employers in Eureka shall be required to pay a minimum wage of twelve dollars ($12) per hour.”

Community members who have been active with Occupy Eureka, Veterans for Peace, Richardson Grove Action Now, PEOPLE PROJECT, and Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community will be filing the Eureka Fair Wage Act on Wednesday, July 25th, one day after the National Day of Action to raise the federal minimum wage!

The Eureka Fair Wage Act is a ballot initiative that will likely be put to vote in March 2013. 

The Act will require people working in Eureka to be paid a minimum wage of $12 an hour.  Small business are exempt if they employ less than 25 people, and there will be a phase in time of 18 months for larger non-profits so they can adjust their grant funding.

INVITE to the FILING: Please come to the first event of the Eureka Fair Wage Act, the first of many that we hope will be significant moments building toward the experience of some economic justice!!
1:00pm
Eureka City Hall, City Clerk  531 K Street in Eureka, 2nd floor

After the filing, the Clerk of Eureka will have about two weeks to do what she has to do with the Petition, then we start getting signatures!!