Down with poverty wages! YES on Measure R!
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YES on R for Fair Wages!!
The Fair Wage Folks
August 22 Updates
Very Important: We have an immediate need for volunteers to help us CANVASS in Eureka. No experience required! And you don’t have to live in Eureka to help. We have been knocking on doors every day, and we need more people. We will prepare you to canvass for Measure R, provide simple outreach supplies, and pair you up with a person who has experience. Then we’ll hit the streets, talk with Eureka residents about the fight for $12 in Eureka, and register more voters. We’ve registered about 350 Eureka residents so far!
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE WAGES
Endorsers of Measure R, the Eureka Fair Wage Act, we thank you:
(*We hope Natalie Arroyo and Kim Bergel will be Eureka City Council members in the near future)
Help us get the vote out for Measure R!
Fair is fair! We need this!
For the people,
The Fair Wage Folks
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UPDATE FEB 17 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Hundreds-Rally-in-Oakland-for-Increase-in-Minimum-Wage-245709161.html and http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2014/02/17/activists-push-for-raising-minimum-wage-in-oakland-to-1225-an-hour
Campaign underway to lift Oakland’s minimum wage
By Matthew Artz Oakland Tribune Posted: 02/09/2014 12:00:00 AM PST
OAKLAND — The growing movement to help workers at the bottom of the pay scale has come to Oakland as a union-backed coalition seeks to enact one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation.
A proposed November ballot measure would increase Oakland’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $12.25, with future increases tied to inflation. It also would guarantee at least five annual sick days for all workers.
“People are seeing that the economic health of our city depends on lifting up those who are not earning enough to pay for their basic necessities,” said Beth Trimarco, a member of the Lift Up Oakland coalition, which includes powerful labor union SEIU Local 1021.
Lift Up Oakland will officially kick off its signature gathering drive with a 9:30 a.m. rally Saturday at Fruitvale Village, 3301 E. 12th St. Signature gathering will begin at 11 a.m.
Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.
Minimum Wages San Francisco — $10.74 San Jose — $10.15 Oakland — $8
Lift Up Oakland:
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Surrounded by about 100 police officers in riot gear and a helicopter circling above, more than 50 Walmart workers and supporters were arrested in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night as they sat in the street protesting what they called the retailer’s “poverty wages.”
Organizers said it was the largest single act of civil disobedience in Walmart’s 50-year history. The 54 arrestees, with about 500 protesting Walmart workers, clergy and supporters, demonstrated outside LA’s Chinatown Walmart.
excerpt from an editorial in the Springfield Oregon Register-Guard
“California’s bold move is helping to build momentum for higher base wages in other states across the country. In New Jersey, voters could make their state the fifth this year to boost its minimum wage if they approve a measure on Nov. 5 that increases the hourly rate by $1 to $8.25.
Prodded by organized labor and anti-poverty organizations, states as politically and geographically varied as Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts and South Dakota are pushing to put minimum wage hikes on state ballots in 2014. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are leading the way in Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
The raises that these lowest-paid workers receive result in increased consumer demand. Fast-food businesses that complain about minimum wage increases often fail to mention that their own businesses are among those that reap the greatest benefits.
By David Mills
“They are in the public eye every day.
People see them while they’re shopping, when they’re eating in a restaurant, when they’re staying at a hotel.
Minimum wage earners are more common than many people might think.
There are 2.3 million Californians who work for minimum wage. There aren’t statistics readily available on how many people earn this basic salary at city or county levels.”
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