Eureka’s Fair Wage Folks To Speak At San Jose State University

Eureka’s Fair Wage Folks To Speak At San Jose State University

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March 11th Marks The Year Anniversary Of San Jose’s Successful $10 Minimum Wage Measure

Contact: James Decker (707) 761-5247,

Eureka, CA: Proponents of the Eureka Fair Wage Act, or Minimum Wage Ordinance (November 2014 City ballot), will speak at the 1-year anniversary of San Jose’s Measure D, which raised the minimum wage in the City of San Jose to $10 an hour. The anniversary press conference and celebration will be held on Tuesday March 11th at noon on the campus of San Jose State University at the Smith and Carlos Statue. The Fair Wage Folks will join speakers from the minimum wage movement in seven other California cities, talking about their local campaigns to raise wages. San Jose’s workers and economy have experienced positive impacts from Measure D’s higher minimum wage. The Fair Wage Folks are excited to be part of this historic California movement and invite local media outlets to document the March 11 event.

The Eureka Fair Wage Act is a people’s initiative, as was Measure D in San Jose, and will require employers with 25 or more workers in the Eureka city limits to pay a twelve dollar minimum wage.

Article on the history of San Jose’s student-led Measure D:

The public and press are welcome to contact The Fair Wage Folks (707) 442-7465 ,

and the San Jose Campus Alliance for Economic Justice

Flier for March 11 anniversary event attached.

San Jose Press Event flyer

Fair Wage Cafe – Jan. 11 @ Labor Temple in Eureka! Noon – 5 Family Event!

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@ the Labor Temple, Noon to 5pm

Come on down to the Fair Wage Cafe, Saturday, January 11th! The Cafe is open from 12noon to 5pm at the Labor Temple in Eureka: 840 E Street, 9th & E. Bring friends and family for live music all day, coffee, tea, juice, lunch and snacks. There’s games for kids, fabulous live local music, and everything is Free!

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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. Family-friendly event. This is our exciting kick off for a successful year which will end in the people winning a higher minimum wage! Live music from local talents including Sarah Torres, Mad River Rounders, and Bill Holmes! Also, Chris Kerrigan, who will replace Frank Jager as Eureka mayor (hallelujah!) next year will speak.

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For more information call (707) 442-7465, email or check out

See you there!

The Fair Wage Folks

Fair Wage Cafe – Saturday August 24!


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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For more information call (707) 442-7465 or email

See you there!

HuffPo: Six Ways A $12 Minimum Wage Would Boost the Economy

“After the D.C. Council approved a bill that requires large retailers to pay their workers a “living wage” of $12.50 — and  Walmart retreated from the capital in protest — we thought it’d be worth considering what that requirement could do for the economy.

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.”

Fair Wage Cafe! FREE Community Event Sat June 29, Eureka!

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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: 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 for more info (and if you want to PLAY MUSIC at the Cafe!)

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My Word: Workers’ pay should be tied to inflation: Back the Fair Wage Act

Kimberly Starr and James Decker/for the Times-Standard
Posted: 03/20/2013 02:39:27 AM PDT

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.

From 1938 to 1968 , the purchasing power of the minimum wage increased by  over 140 percent. Minimum wage workers saw a positive upgrade in their  living standards as wages rose in step with productivity growth.

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

KIEM ch3 nbc Eureka Interviews Eureka Fair Wage Act Proponent James Decker

KIEM asks Eureka Fair Wage Act proponent James Decker some pertinent questions about raising the minimum wage to $12 in Eureka – and gets some straight answers.
While you are there take the poll!

The Laboratory of Life

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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

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,, or by calling 707-442-7465.  If you are interested in helping the campaign in any way, wherever you live, please get in contact.