Eureka Fair Wage Act Signature Gathering @ Arts Alive Old Town Eureka Sat. Sept. 1

We will be tabling in Old Town Eureka for Arts Alive.

We will be gathering signatures for the Eureka Fair Wage Act ( $12.00 an hour minimum wage for large employers) and also doing voter registration for Arts Alive on Saturday, Sept. 1. We plan to be out from 6 pm til 9 pm.

We will be at the southeast corner of 3rd and C St. kitty corner from Gallaghers and across from Chappala and the tattoo parlor.

We may have a second crew at the Gazebo as well.

Come down and sign the petition or register to vote, or both!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with tabling, canvassing and support work. Your skill set is needed! Help us defend our community!

STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession

STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession

Because attempts to increase the minimum wage are being met head on by the GOP talking point that doing so would cause employers to cut jobs and hours, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center looked at two decades of data in their recent report, The Minimum Wage and Job Creation.

The study found that minimum wage increases have not had a negative effect on employment in New England.

In Massachusetts alone, the minimum wage has increased six times since 1995.  During this period, growth in industries with concentrations of high minimum wage earners has been higher than total employment.

http://massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=minimum_wage_job_creation.html&utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=min_wage

http://wepartypatriots.com/wp/2012/08/20/study-states-with-higher-minimum-wage-have-had-less-employment-loss-during-the-great-recession/

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021168480

MINIMUM WAGE FACTOID: The Gasoline Index

In 1968 an hour’s pay at minimum wage ( $1.60)  would buy almost 5 gallons of gasoline (@ $0.33/ gal.) but today in Eureka an hour’s minimum wage ($8.00) will buy a little less than 2 gallons of gasoline (@ $4.37 per gallon.)

If the minimum wage had been increased at the same rate as the price of gas, the minimum wage would be over $21.00 per hour today.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0774473.html

We Have Reached the Beginning!

Friends,

After much hard work with lots of help we have created the Eureka Fair Wage Act. Now the work begins in earnest. We will need all of you to take this idea from the basement of the Labor Temple to the pocket books of working people in Eureka. We need people to help gather signatures and to publicize the goals of the initiative. We need to gather 1500 signatures and we need to do it before the weather gets lousy at the end of October. This will be important to counter the power structure that is already lining up against us. The city right from the start has chosen to weaken our position by giving us the uninspired official ballot title of, “ Minimum Wage Ordinance”. The Fair Wage Act will require large employers. (25 or more employees) to pay a minimum of $12 per hour in the city of Eureka.

 
We need $400 to pay for the publishing of the ordinance in the paper and we need to raise money to pay for the printing. We meet at the Labor Temple Tuesdays at 6:15 in the basement. Come by with your Ideas, your Energy and your Money.
 
The place we love is under attack by corporate rapaciousness. They have come to take more of our resources. They want to log some of the oldest living trees on the planet to speed the destruction of our culture. The “Big Boxes”want to turn us into the company town With Walmart the company store. We are not going to go gentle into that good night. By forcing the large employers to check their exploitation of labor we can regain the momentum to protect what we value and strengthen the community in which we live.
 
If you can’t make the meeting Email me,( radmul@aol.com) or call (707) 442-7465, we will find a way for you to help.

Defending the Community:
 
 
 

Jim Hightower on the Minimum Wage

lots more here:

http://www.hightowerlowdown.org/node/3067

” A leading wage-policy expert, Heidi Shierholz of EPI, spoke for a lot of us last month when she said, “I get mystified by the politics surrounding all this.” Indeed, it’s absurd that the White House has not grasped this issue with both hands. MESSAGE TO OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS: THIS IS A BIG-TIME WINNING ISSUE–DON’T JUST STAND THERE, RUN WITH IT! Look at the positives behind such a policy:

It’s a big boost for millions of Americans and for our foundering grassroots economy, plus it comes with a powerful moral argument that makes it compelling to big majorities.

 
Eighteen states have already raised their minimums above the federal level, eight of which have made future raises automatic by indexing the wage to rises in the cost of living.  Among states considering raises this year, battles are being fought in Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York.
Not only do labor and a host of progressive organizations back an increase, but so do thousands of businesses, ranging from Costco to local independents, as well as such associations as Business For a Fair Minimum Wage, the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, and the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Many Republican lawmakers are on board for an increase–the 2007 bill raising the wage by $2.10 got the support of 82 House Republicans and five senators (not a huge number, but a significant bipartisan showing).
Most important of all, the public is overwhelmingly behind the increase. This June, a Zogby Analytics survey of likely voters found seven out of 10 supporting a raise above $10 an hour (including 54 percent of Republicans). Notably, 71 percent of young people (18-23 years old) favored it. Likewise, last November’s “American Values Survey” by the Public Religion Research Institute shows two-thirds of Americans in favor of a $10-per-hour minimum. Included among the supporters were these interesting tallies:
52 percent of Republicans
66 percent of Independents
74 percent of women
73 percent of 18-29-year-olds
73 percent of Catholics
61 percent of white evangelical Protestants
63 percent of college grads
65 percent of those making over $100,000 a year

The only two groups to oppose the raise to $10 were (1) 56 percent of those who identify with the tea party, and (2) 54 percent of those whose most trusted news source is Fox TV.”

Walmart to Sell GMO Monsanto Sweet Corn

“Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it has no objection to selling genetically modified sweet corn from Monsanto Company in its stores. Anti-biotech activists and consumers pleaded with the company to not sell the GM sweet corn.”

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/walmart-will-sell-unlabeled-poison-monsanto-ge-genetically-engineered-sweet-corn/

Raise the Minimum Wage: The Democratic Party Sleeps on FDR’s Legacy

Raise the Minimum Wage: The Democratic Party Sleeps on FDR’s Legacy

Calling Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Democratic Party, elected officials, political operatives and labor’s leader Richard Trumka. Thirty million American workers want and need a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour which is slightly less than their predecessors got in 1968 – yes 1968 – adjusted for inflation. What will it take for you to make this a priority?

Of course you all would like to see these desperate workers get an additional $2,000 – $4,500 a year for the barest necessities of life for themselves and their children. Sure, it is easy to be on the record and not on the ramparts for a higher minimum wage. What about the trust that your voters and your rank and file invested in you?

the rest of it from Common Dreams:

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/09-9

Walmart Supply Chain Practices Are Destructive To Workers, The Economy & the Environment

Walmart Workers Paint Graphic Picture of Working Conditions Throughout Supply Chain

Walmart Workers Paint Graphic Picture of Working Conditions Throughout Supply Chain

 

LOS ANGELES – Workers representing four links in Walmart’s global supply chain – food production, processing, warehousing and retail – today filed a formal ethics complaint with Walmart’s corporate executives in Los Angeles. The complaint outlines systemic violations of Walmart’s own Statement of Ethics and Standards for Suppliers.

Standing in front of the proposed site of a Walmart store in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, workers and supporters described working conditions that include enslavement, injury, hazardous equipment, retaliatory firings and chemical exposure in the production, transport and sale of Walmart merchandise.

more @ NELP  http://www.nelp.org/blog/entry/walmart_workers_paint_graphic_picture_of_working_conditions_throughout_supp/

STUDY: Do Minimum Wages Really Reduce Teen Employment?

Do Minimum Wages Really Reduce Teen Employment?

Accounting for Heterogeneity and Selectivity in State Panel Data

SYLVIA A. ALLEGRETTO, ARINDRAJIT DUBE, and
MICHAEL REICH

Traditional estimates that often find minimum wage disemployment effects include controls for state unemployment rates and state-and year-fixed effects. Using CPS data on teens for the period 1990–2009, we show that such estimates fail to account for heterogeneous employment patterns that are correlated with selectivity among states with minimum wages. As a result, the estimates are often biased and not robust to the source of identifying variation. Including controls for long-term growth differences among states and for heterogeneous economic shocks renders the employment and hours elasticities indistinguishable from zero and rules out any but very small disemployment effects. Dynamic evidence further shows the nature of bias in traditional estimates, and it also rules out all but very small negative long-run effects. In addition, we do not find evidence that employment effects vary in different
parts of the business cycle. We also consider predictable versus unpredictable changes in the minimum wage by looking at the effects of state indexation of the minimum wage.

 http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/workingpapers/166-08.pdf

Study: Minimum Wage Hikes Are Not Job Killers

Minimum wage hikes don’t eliminate jobs, study finds

By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations | December 1, 2010

BERKELEY —Increasing the minimum wage does not lead to the short- or long-term loss of low-paying jobs, according to a new study co-authored by University of California, Berkeley, economics professor Michael Reich and published in the November issue of the journal The Review of Economics and Statistics.

chart of economic growth patternsThe economic growth in the 17 states that (as of 2005) had a minimum wage level above the federal level was roughly the same as in the other states. The dotted line represents the 17 states and the solid line charts the others.

The study resolves the often conflicting research on the minimum wage in the United States and may provide guidance in future policy debates on the topic, said Reich, who is also the director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

The new study is available online:  http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/workingpapers/

read the rest of the article:  http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2010/12/01/minimumwagejobs/