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FAIR WAGE CAFE, SATURDAY AUGUST 24th
Come on down to the Fair Wage Cafe, Saturday, August 24th! The Cafe is open from 12noon to 5pm at the Labor Temple in Eureka: 840 E Street, where 9th and E intersect. Bring friends and family for live music all day, coffee, tea, juice, lunch and snacks. There’s games for kids, fabulous live music, and everything is Free!
This Cafe is open for relaxation and community building. If you or your organization want to set up informational tables, please do.
The Fair Wage Cafe is brought to you by the folks who wrote the Eureka Fair Wage Act. Come to the Cafe at the Eureka Labor Temple Saturday, open noon to 5. Family-friendly event!
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A report from non-partisan public policy center Demos released in 2012 looked into the effect of large retailers raising wages to pay the equivalent of $25,000 per year, or $12.25 per hour, for full-time, year-round workers. The study revealed that the wage hike could benefit not only workers, but also retailers and the economy at large.”
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Free Community Event FAIR WAGE CAFE! SATURDAY, JUNE 29 12 Noon to 5:00 pm Hosted by the people who wrote the Eureka Fair Wage Act.
The Fair Wage Cafe is an open and casual space where people of all stripes are free to encounter each other. LIVE MUSIC FUN FOR ALL AGES FREE FOOD KIDS’ GAMES GUEST SPEAKERS RELAX at the LABOR TEMPLE 840 E Street in Eureka, where 9th and E intersect Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/330747823723598/ Please ‘SHARE’ or ‘LIKE’ the event or whatever works to invite people on Facebook!
Stop by for a short time or stay all day. Relax. Enjoy the food, beverages and music. Help build strong community!
Speakers are welcome to talk about fair wages and other labor-related issues.
Local community groups are encouraged to set up information tables. Call (707) 442-7465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info (and if you want to PLAY MUSIC at the Cafe!) http://fairwages.org
We are long overdue for a raise in the minimum wage. Working class people of Eureka need a victory that will improve their lives — and the Fair Wage Act will be that victory. The minimum wage must be indexed to inflation to insure that those at the bottom share in the growth of our economy. We must reverse the trend of 2 percent of the people in the U.S. solely capturing all the benefits of improved productivity and innovation. It is theft of peoples’ time, labor and ideas.In Eureka, we cannot rely on politicians. We’ve come together and created an ordinance to strengthen our community by giving the lowest paid workers a long overdue raise.
The federal minimum wage was first established in 1938 when FDR signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also established the 8-hour day, paid overtime, and child labor protections. The FLSA emerged, over the violent opposition of businessmen, due to strikes, pickets and other actions of brave working people. In 1938, and with every worker-benefiting amendment to the FLSA since, politicians, business leaders, and think tanks have opposed the minimum wage, claiming myriad suffering the “minimum wage horror” would cause the fall of the American empire, devastation of businesses, “more misery and unemployment than anything since the Great Depression” (Ronald Reagan, 1980). However, the minimum wage and its increases improved economies of all sizes, holding only benefits for employers and workers alike.
If the federal minimum wage kept pace with improved productivity of workers it would now be over $20 an hour. Had it increased with the rising cost of living, even by conservative calculations, it would be over $10.50. California is a high cost-of-living state with the lowest minimum wage on the west coast, $8 an hour. It’s time to raise wages and tie them to inflation.
As we circulated the Fair Wage Act throughout Eureka, the responses were no surprise: People want and need to bring home decent pay. People know their time and labor are valuable. Corporate profits are at record highs; it is past time for those profits to be shared with the workers who produce them.
Forces that oppose higher wages say they’re concerned about job loss — never considering job loss when it comes to raising CEO pay. Increasing the minimum wage, especially during high unemployment times, has been found throughout various geographical areas and time periods, to either have no effect on employment or, more often, stimulate job growth. We have 75 years demonstrating that as wages rise, employment rises.
Humboldt folks might find relevant a study by Princeton economists comparing the effect on employment in New Jersey to employment across the river in eastern Pennsylvania, after New Jersey raised the minimum wage and Pennsylvania did not. The border there is slight, neither a barrier to commerce nor employment. Employment rose in New Jersey when wages rose. Employment stayed the same in Pennsylvania with the stagnant minimum wage. This pattern happens throughout the U.S. where one county raises wages and the neighbor county does not. Employment improves where the minimum wage is higher.
Recently, calling for too small a raise, the president nevertheless spelled out a strong case to the nation for raising the minimum wage: “ … our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. … still liv[ing] below the poverty line. That’s wrong. Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty … . It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money … . Let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.”
People and the economy need a boost in Eureka. Most minimum wage workers, a majority of whom are women, support households. Too many households are struggling on low wages to meet rising food, housing, transportation and health care costs, with no retirement fund. A higher minimum wage is just. It will help start an economic surge in our communities, increasing spending, business viability, and creating new jobs. Support the Fair Wage Act.
Kimberly Starr and James Decker, Eureka residents, are signatories to the Fair Wage Act initiative. For more information, visit fairwages.org.
It is said that we don’t need a minimum wage, that a minimum wage causes unemployment, that if the minimum wage were lower – or completely eliminated – then employers could afford to hire more workers. It is said often that this is “supply and demand” and an ironclad “law of economics.” It is of course an argument designed to appeal to the simpler minded half of the gene pool.
Yet two facts confront us.
One, the real purchasing power in constant dollar terms of the minimum wage has declined for 45 years, so there has been a de facto “lowering” of the minimum wage, and Two, we currently have a very persistent and high level of unemployment.
The laboratory of life has proved this favorite Chamber of Commerce meme to be a fabrication that is nowhere near real life economics.
We conclude that the theory that lowering the minimum wage increases employment is FALSE.
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Eureka Fair Wage Act Meetings EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT
People welcome to the meetings even if you live outside of Eureka.
The Fair Wage folks urge you to get involved in passing the Eureka Fair Wage Act, also known as the Minimum Wage Ordinance. If passed through a popular vote, the Act would require large employers with 25 or more workers in Eureka to pay a $12 dollar minimum wage. A higher minimum wage, with a small business exception, will improve lives, make Walmart reconsider its presence in Eureka, boost the local economy, bring employment up, and allow individuals who work full time to rise just above the federal poverty level.
Meetings for the Eureka Fair Wage Act are now every Wednesday at 6:15pm at the Eureka Labor Temple, 840 E Street. More information can be found and questions answered by visiting the Eureka Fair Wage Act website, fairwages.org, or by calling 707-442-7465. If you are interested in helping the campaign in any way, wherever you live, please get in contact.
Wage Hike Proposal Headed to Eureka City Council
North Coast Journal, Ryan Burns, Mar. 8, 2013
Here’s a ray of hope for people working at Eureka’s Taco Bell. Or Wal-Mart. Or any other business in the city that pays workers as little as the law will tolerate:
A petition to boost Eureka’s minimum wage to $12 an hour has received enough valid signatures to be presented to the City Council at its March 19 meeting.
Do more than the minimum on minimum wage
Monday, February 18, 2013 |
Posted by Jim Hightower
“In the wealthiest nation on Earth,” President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech, “no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” Right! Not only does his call to raise America’s minimum wage put some real pop in populism, but it could finally start putting some ethics back in our country’s much-celebrated, (but rarely-honored) “work ethic.” Kudos to Obama for putting good economics and good morals together – and for putting this long overdue increase on the front burner.
But then came the number: $9 an hour. Excuse me, Mr. President, but that means a person who “works full-time” would nonetheless “have to live in poverty.” Yes, nine bucks is a buck-seventy-five better than the current pay, but it’s still a poverty wage, and it doesn’t even elevate the buying power of our wage floor back to where it was in 1968.
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