We Will Be @ Farmers Markets Tuesday & Thursday SIGN THE INITIATIVE!

Look for the happy activists with the clipboards.

We will be at Farmers Market Old Town Eureka on Tuesday Oct. 2 from 10 til 1 (on F St. between 2nd and 3rd.) and we will be at Farmers Market Henderson Center on Thursday Oct. 4 from 10 til 1 (on F St in the block south of Henderson.)

Also look for us on Arts Alive saturday night @ 2nd and C and one other location near the Gazebo.

California Online Voter Registration

https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ or http://urlet.com/investing.cheer

Voter Registration Form


Important information to know before registering online.

Registration Deadline

To be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2012, General Election, you must  finish and submit your electronic form before midnight Pacific Daylight  Time (PDT) on October 22, 2012.

What you will need

To register online you will need your California driver license or  identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number  and your date of birth. Your information will be provided to the California  Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification  card, you can still use this form to register to vote by completing the online  interview by midnight PDT on October 22, 2012, and printing, signing, and  mailing your form to the address on the mailing label.

Safe at Home

Please do NOT use this form to register or re-register to vote if you  are enrolled in a confidential address program such as Safe at Home. If  sharing your address could put you in life-threatening danger, you may be  eligible to register to vote confidentially. For more information, contact the Safe at Home  program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or safeathome@sos.ca.gov.

https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ or http://urlet.com/investing.cheer

You may also print out a blank form to complete by hand. October 22, 2012, is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2012, General Election.

Defending the Community
$12.00 An Hour Minimum Wage for Large Employers

The Low Wage “Recovery” – Evidence from Chicago

THE CHICAGO METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA LOST MORE THAN 150,000 jobs between 2001 and 2011, despite adding hundreds of thousands of new residents and many new jobseekers over that period. As more job-seekers chase fewer jobs, the number of low-wage workers has grown. Just as significant, the identity of those workers has changed. Compared to a decade ago, the typical low-wage worker in the Chicago region is likely to be older. She is more likely to have a college degree, and to support a family. And a growing number of these low-wage workers contribute their earnings to households that receive all of their income from low-wage jobs:

31.2 percent of payroll employees ages 18-64 worked in lowwage jobs (paying $12 or less per hour) in 2011. This represents a substantial increase from the 23.8 percent of workers employed in low-wage jobs in 2001.

With few exceptions, low-wage job holders are not teenagers working for disposable income. Fully 94 percent of lowwage job holders in 2011 were 20 years or older, and more than half (57.4 percent) were over the age of 30.

In 2001, fewer than 10 percent of low-wage job holders had a college degree. Today, more than 16 percent, or approximately 1 in 6, hold college degrees.

As job opportunities dwindle across the labor market, the low-wage workforce has become marginally more male and marginally whiter. The available evidence suggests that women and African-American workers displaced from lowwage jobs have exited the labor market altogether, rather than moving into higher-wage positions.

Increasingly, low-wage jobs play a crucial role in supporting households, rather than augmenting core income. More than half of the Chicago area’s low-wage workers (56.7 percent) live in households that get all of their income from low-wage jobs. This represents a substantial increase from the 45.7 percent of households fully reliant on low-wage jobs in 2001.

$12 per hour represents a modest and conservative measure of low-wage work. At this wage level, a full-time worker living by herself will barely be able to cover life’s basic costs without public assistance. When a worker earning $12 per hour is supporting family or other household members, public assistance programs will likely be indispensable to household subsistence.

http://actionnowinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Chicagos-Growing-Low-Wage-Workforce.pdf

Australia’s Minimum Wage is $15.51 Per Hour…But Wait, There’s More!

shortlink here:  http://wp.me/p2w2NH-39

“Across the Pacific in Australia, the national statutory minimum wage is $15.51 an hour in Australian dollars. Over the past three years, the Australian dollar has been roughly equal in value to the American dollar, so the figure in American dollars is about the same. One Australian dollar roughly equals one American dollar.

Only about 2 percent of Australians, however, are covered by the minimum wage. The rest are covered by industry-wide agreements that are negotiated by the government on behalf of workers. The minimum wage in most of these agreements (including, for example, for adult fast food workers) is $17.03 an hour.

But wait, there’s more: full-time permanent employees in Australia, from toilet cleaners to chief executives, get at least ten sick days, 20 vacation days and (depending on the state) ten or more paid holidays every year. Everyone. All over Australia.

Of course, there is a catch. Part-time and temp workers don’t get these benefits. Instead, they get paid an extra 20 percent to 25 percent in cash compensation. As a result, a part-time, entry-level adult fast food worker in Australia makes a minimum of $21.25 an hour. Oh, plus health insurance. That’s universal in Australia.”

more:

Salvatore Barbones  http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/5601

Minimum Wage Factoid: Raising the Minimum Wage is Overwhelmingly Supported by the Public

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 to 23 years old) favored it. Likewise, last November’s “American Values Survey” by the Public Religion Research Institute showed two-thirds of Americans in favor of a $10-per-hour minimum.