The Rising Wage Tide

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.

In Oregon, minimum wage increases have been a welcome boost for the state’s economy and provided an increase in the wages and well-being of the state’s neediest citizens — tangible benefits achieved without any government spending.”
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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

shortlink here: http://wp.me/p2w2NH-la  mnemonic here:  http://urlet.com/simplicity.buying

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.

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

urlet:  http://urlet.com/simplicity.buying

NCJ: Eureka Fair Wage Initiative “Easily” Qualifies for Ballot – Will Be Before City Council Mar. 19

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

The Eureka Fair Wage campaign is delighted that we easily surpassed the 10% signature threshold, guaranteeing ballot access for the Eureka Fair Wage Act. We believe, however, and hope to prove, that we gathered enough signatures to cross the 15% threshold which would put the Fair Wage Act on a ballot even sooner.

Please come out to the Eureka City Council meeting at 6:00pm, Tuesday March 19 and show your support for the Eureka Fair Wage Act. The Fair Wage Act (or “Minimum Wage Ordinance”) will be on the agenda. The City Council has the option, again, to listen to the needs of the people and simply pass the Act, raising the minimum wage for large employers to pay their workers in Eureka. If the Council does not, we will continue organizing and pass the initiative at the ballot box!

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.

http://urlet.com/games.leading or:

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/blogthing/2013/03/08/wage-hike-proposal-headed-eureka-city-council/

Times-Standard Coverage:
breakingnews

http://www.times-standard.com/breakingnews/ci_22751562/fair-wage-act-go-before-eureka-city-council

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Rasmussen Poll: 54% Favor Raising Minimum Wage to $9 An Hour

“Most voters don’t think the minimum wage is enough to live on and support President Obama’s proposal to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. They’re more narrowly divided, however, when asked if hiking the minimum wage will be good for the economy.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters favor raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Thirty-four percent (34%) are opposed, while 12% are not sure.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 14-15, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/jobs_employment/february_2013/54_favor_raising_minimum_wage_to_9_an_hour

http://truth-out.org/news/item/14685-poll-voters-say-minimum-wage-is-not-enough-to-live-on

Jim Hightower: Do More Than the Minimum on Minimum Wage

Do more than the minimum on minimum wage

Monday, February 18, 2013   |

Posted by Jim Hightower

podcast http://jimhightower.com/sites/jimhightower.civicactions.net/files/5-21_m_show.mp3

story http://jimhightower.com/node/7962

“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.

~VISIT LINKS ABOVE FOR THE REST OF IT~

George Clark & Linda Atkins Propose Ordinance to Raise the Minimum Wage (2008)

“Linda Atkins and I are both running for Eureka City Council and we have proposed an ordinance raising Eureka’s minimum wage by $1.”

George Clark, LTE, Times-Standard, Oct. 23, 2008

http://www.times-standard.com/ci_10792606

Blogging the Eureka Fair Wage Act

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.

http://urlet.com/games.leading or:

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/blogthing/2013/03/08/wage-hike-proposal-headed-eureka-city-council/

 

Take the poll at KIEM! Raise wages in Eureka!

Feb. 12, 2013

http://peopleproject.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/take-the-poll-at-kiem-raise-wages-in-eureka-channel-3-news-on-fair-wage-act/

Too Old to Play Full Court

Feb. 11, 2013

http://radmul.blogspot.com/2013/02/too-old-to-play-full-court.html

George Clark & Linda Atkins 2008 Campaign Statement on the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in Eureka

Feb. 9, 2013

“George Clark and Linda Atkins believe in building our economy from the ground up.  Raising wages in Eureka, which are so far below the state average, is the right and fair thing to do for Eureka’s working families. When the spending power of working families goes up, so does morale, which leads to productivity boosts, lowers job turnover, all in an ongoing “virtuous cycle,” and everyone benefits.  Furthermore, increased spending by Eureka’s workers creates more demand for products, helping businesses while creating more jobs in the process.”

http://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/george-clark-linda-atkins-2008-campaign-statement-on-the-need-to-raise-the-minimum-wage-in-eureka/

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/george-clark-linda-atkins-2008-campaign-statement-on-the-need-to-raise-the-minimum-wage-in-eureka/

http://humboldtactivist.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/george-clark-linda-atkins-2008-campaign-statement-on-the-need-to-raise-the-minimum-wage-in-eureka/

Eureka Wages Going Up?

February 8, 2013

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/blogthing/2013/02/08/eureka-wages-going/

Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

February 8, 2013

http://humboldtactivist.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/fair-wage-folks-turn-in-signatures-at-eureka-city-hall-for-12-minimum-wage-ordinance/ and:

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/fair-wage-folks-turn-in-signatures-at-eureka-city-hall-for-12-minimum-wage-ordinance/

Last week of signature gathering for Eureka Fair Wage Act

January 26, 2013

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/last-week-of-signature-gathering-for-eureka-fair-wage-act/

Eureka Fair Wage Act

January 19, 2013

http://radmul.blogspot.com/2012/07/eureka-fair-wage-act.html

Occupy Minimum Wage

January 17, 2013

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/arts/2013/01/17/occupy-minimum-wage/

Benefit for Eureka Fair Wage Act; Rooster McClintock, Jan 19

January 8, 2013

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/benefit-for-eureka-fair-wage-act-rooster-mcclintock-jan-19/ and http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/benefit-fundraiser-for-the-eureka-fair-wage-act/ and http://tomsebourn.blogspot.com/2013/01/fundraiser-for-eureka-fair-wage-act.html

Benefit for Fair Wages

January 7, 2013

http://thebicyclegnome.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/fair-wade-benefit/

“Fair Wage Cafe” next Saturday

December 8, 2012

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/fair-wage-cafe-next-saturday/

Fair Wage Graphic Contest offers $100 reward

December 1, 2012

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/fair-wage-graphic-contest-offers-100-reward/

Eureka Fair Wage Act — What do people think?

November 26, 2012

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/eureka-fair-wage-act-what-do-people-think/

Group seeks Eureka Fair Wage Act

September 30, 2012

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/group-seeks-eureka-fair-wage-act/

The Drive For Fair Wages in Eureka

September 8, 2012

“After being out for two or three sessions of sig gathering for the Eureka Fair Wage Act  I can say that I am stoked about how well people are taking to the message.  It is very easy to get people to sign, and it is fun.  We are meeting lots of new people and making new friends.  Some people are saying “$12.00 an hour?  HELL YEAH!”  Some folks are thanking us for the work we are doing!”   “We are fixing what is broken.”

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/the-drive-for-fair-wages-in-eureka/

EUREKA FAIR WAGE ACT – THE BEGINNING

August 14, 2012

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/eureka-fair-wage-act-the-beginning/

Eureka Fair Wage Act

August 13, 2012

http://northbayuprising.blogspot.com/2012/08/eureka-fair-wage-act.html

We File

July 26, 2012

http://thebicyclegnome.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/we-file/

The Fair Wage Proponents

July 26, 2012

The initiative proponents

http://thebicyclegnome.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/the-initiative-proponents/

Fair Wage Initiative Filed in Eureka California

July 26, 2012

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/fair-wage-initiative-filed-in-eureka-california/

Eureka Fair Wage Act

July 20, 2012

http://thebicyclegnome.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/eureka-fair-wage-act/

Eureka Fair Wage Act Initiative

July 19, 2012

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/eureka-fair-wage-act-initiative/

Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

 For Immediate Release 2/8/13

 Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

Media Contact: James Decker (707) 761-5247 info@fairwages.org

Eureka, CA: On Thursday afternoon, February 7th, the “Fair Wage folks” submitted about 2,700 petition signatures to qualify the Eureka Fair Wage Act (aka Minimum Wage Ordinance) for the city ballot. This people’s initiative, if passed by voters, would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $12 for large employers to pay their workers in the city limits.

The Fair Wage folks thank the people of Eureka and throughout the county for their warm support and look forward to winning a fairer wage this year.

The Eureka City Clerk and the Humboldt County Elections Office have up to 30 days to report as to the sufficiency of the petitions. Once certified, the Eureka City Council can choose to pass the Fair Wage Act as written or to set an election for a vote of the people.

“I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? It’s like “Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”

- Chris Rock

Full Text of Fair Wage Act

http://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com/text-of-the-eureka-fair-wage-act/

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graphics/artists info & credits:

http://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com/fair-wage-graphics-contest/

KIEM Ch. 3: http://kiem-tv.com/node/4758

North Coast Journal: http://www.northcoastjournal.com/blogthing/2013/02/08/eureka-wages-going/